5 Health and Safety Issues in the Working Environment and How to Deal with them

Yahoo office Barcelona by Christian Heilmann on FlickrKeeping everyone healthy and safe in your workplace, even those with disabilities is paramount. That being said, you should ensure that health issues, safety issues and welfare facilities are taken care of.

Health Issues

A healthy workplace is paramount to the success and productivity of your business. Therefore, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that your working environment remains healthy to all people. Aspects of ventilation, suitable lighting, roomy stations, clean workstations and temperature control need to be implemented.

Safety Issues

Safety is also key to a successful business. In regards to this, install windows that can be opened, ensure that floors and traffic routes are free from obstacles and ensure the premises and equipment are properly maintained. Also, any glass doors should be properly labelled with a sticker and made of safety glass.

Welfare Issues

To maintain the wellbeing of your workplace, it is important to have hand basins, soaps, towels, hand dryers and restrooms. Ideally, it is best to provide clean drinking water, a communal area where people can eat or rest as well as a place to store clothing.

First Aid

It is also important to implement first aid in a working environment. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your workers are able to receive immediate attention if they happen to be injured or fall sick for any reason.

A first aid kit can save lives and the fact that accidents can happen at any time make it even more crucial to have one. It’s also a good idea to have people take a first aid training course. However, your first aid procedure will depends on various circumstances and so, there is need to make a full assessment of your company’ first aid requirements.

At the very least, the law requires every workplace to have a fully stocked first aid kit as well as the appointment of an individual who can be able to charge of any situation that requires medical attention. Once you’ve made the first aid arrangements, it is your duty to let every employee know of the expected protocol. It’s also important that you keep a log of accidents and injuries that have occurred on the company’s premises. Keeping a log of these incidents helps the company when it comes to risk assessment for insurance purposes and allows you identify any patterns of injuries and accidents.

Fire Safety

This is another major aspect to be considered when attempting to make the workplace a safe place. Here are some good tips. Most fires can be prevented and it is the duty of the employer to make a fire risk assessment. Based on the fire risk assessment results, you should ensure that the appropriate and adequate fire measure are taken so that you can reduce the risk of injuries or loss of staff in case of a fire outbreak.

To assist you on this, the fire risk assessment should show what could potentially start a fire. This includes all sources of ignition, materials that burn or flammable substances ad well as individuals who might be at risk. Once you have done this, take the proper actions to control them. Consider if these risks are avoidable or whether they can be reduced if they are unavoidable.

Ideally, you will need to put into consideration how you’ll protect the staff if there’s a fire. This involves the introduction as well as maintenance of fire precautions that include fire extinguishers, fire doors, emergency lighting, escape routes, fire drills implementation(at least once a year), and safety signage. Fire training should also be conducted so that people know what to do in case of a fire outbreak in the workplace.

Image: Yahoo office Barcelona by Christian Heilmann on Flickr