How can employers comply with health and safety regulations?
We all know that accidents and injuries can happen no matter what. Even if an employer has taken all the correct precautions, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong. But by complying with health and safety regulations, they can reduce the chance of an incident and protect themselves from legal damages at the same time.
An employer can comply with health and safety regulations by carrying out the following duties:
Employers need to carry out extensive risk assessments in the workplace. This includes identifying potential hazards, who might be at risk and how to protect them from harm. Once the hazards have been identified, employers will need to put effective safety measures in place. They will also need to plan and create method statements that outline best practices for any high-risk activities. This is, of course, entirely dependent on the specific workplace. This is why risk assessments should be carried out in each and every workplace. What may be high-risk in one workplace might be considered low-risk in another. Making the distinction and having the correct plan in place is an essential part of health and safety.
Discuss health and safety measures with staff
Talking about health and safety with team members across all levels of experience is important. This way, employers will get an idea of the day-to-day activities of all staff and understand the risks that employees face daily. This will help to resolve safety issues and eliminate potential hazards.
Provide effective health and safety training for staff
Staff need to have a certain degree of knowledge when it comes to health and safety to be able to identify and react to hazards. Employers are required to provide this training. They may also have to extend this training to contractors who will be on their site or at least provide sufficient health and safety information.
Employers may need to provide training for employees with additional needs, such as:
Produce written health and safety policies
For companies with more than five employees, it is a legal requirement for the employer to create written health and safety policies. This is an effective way of communicating consistent safety measures across a team, regardless of the size.
Have the approved health and safety poster on display
Employers must make sure the approved health and safety poster is visible. The poster displays essential information about health and safety responsibilities. All employees should be able to see the poster and if they can’t, leaflets should be provided.
PPE and other safety equipment should be provided for all employees who need it. The risk assessment should outline which employees might be at risk and the correct PPE they need to mitigate hazards. This equipment should be provided to employees free of charge. The PPE requirements for your workplace may have also changed since COVID-19. You will need to consider what is essential for the task employees are doing but also what you should provide as extra protection due to coronavirus.
Select suitable contractors
If employees are hiring contractors to work on their premises, they need to make sure that the contractors have the correct skills and experience to be safe while working. If the contractor needs training or further health and safety information, the employer should provide this.