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The Importance of Health and Safety in the Workplace

Posted On : Dec-19-2011 | seen (793) times | Article Word Count : 376 |

Article looking at why health and safety in the workplace is important.
With the increase of no-win-no-fee personal injury lawyers, and the increasingly stringent government legislation, health and safety training is now more important than ever to make sure that your company has the necessary policies and procedures in place. Failure to do so can result in costly compensation claims if a worker has an accident or becomes ill, as well as the possibility of government fines and penalties, which may be severely damaging for the firm's financial position.
As well as concentrating on its on workforce, health and safety legislation also exists to protect the public that the firm must be aware of. This includes the removal and/or storage of hazardous waste products, noise levels, toxic and greenhouse gas emissions etc.

But organisations should not only seek to implement health and safety provisions just to avoid fines and compensation claims. It is also in best interests of a firm to focus on workplace safety and provide a safe working environment, as minor accidents and illness can lead to staff having to take time off work, along with lower motivation and morale. This will have a negative impact on the firm's output and productivity, which again ultimately leads to the firm losing money.

Different industries will have different health and safety requirements, for example office workers will not have the same needs as a hazardous waste disposal team. Nevertheless, what they all have in common is that the ultimate goal is to provide a working environment which is safe and, as much as is reasonably possible, prevents accidents and illness caused by the equipment the person uses and the products/raw materials they are required to deal with in their job.

Some examples in which a firm can ensure a safer working environment include:

• In the first instance providing, and then ensuring sufficient maintenance of, protective clothing and equipment

• Regular and sufficient cleaning of the work area

• Providing adequate break and rest periods to prevent fatigue which can lead to mistakes

• Frequent risk assessments of the working environment and processes

• The provision in sufficient number and location of remedies in case an accident or incident does occur (e.g. fire extinguishers, bandages, eye wash etc.)

• Frequent fire and evacuation procedure drills

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Category : Business : Ethics

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