Implementing a Health and Safety management system encompassing topics as diverse as fire, working at height and lone working, coupled with the other demands of running a business, is an arduous task no matter how good your time management skills are!!
Here Anthony Tetlow, Managing Director of Safety Smart Health and Safety Consultants and creator of the world’s first industry specific Health and Safety Apps for the iPhone/iTouch/iPad outlines five simple tips for Health and Safety compliance within your business.
1. Draw up a plan
This may seem obvious but you would be surprised at the amount of businesses who try to implement Health and Safety without first determining exactly what needs doing and when. Having clear priorities will help to ensure that improvements are made effectively. Also, a structured plan will help to satisfy any enforcement bodies and insurance companies that you take Health and Safety seriously.
The plan will also help you to set realistic targets. Rome was not built in a day and in these challenging financial times you need to make sure you are using your resources wisely. If you are not sure, get some help. Make sure though that the advice you get is good. Shop around – unfortunately there are plenty of bad Health and Safety practitioners who will sell you lots of unnecessary paperwork at a high price.
2. Don’t be afraid
Some Health and Safety terminology can be hard to handle. Take ‘Risk Assessment’. What does it mean? Well simply put, you do risk assessments every day. Every time you cross a road you do a risk assessment (I hope!). You listen for traffic and look both ways before crossing. That is a risk assessment. The only difference is that at work we have to look at lots of hazards and decide on other controls such as training, maintenance regimes or protective equipment such as gloves. Write down your findings, tell your staff, take the time to review and you are done.
3. Communicate with your staff
Make sure you involve all your staff from the start. It is also a good idea to give your staff responsibilities. Empowerment and generating a team mentality is one of the best ways to improve morale and performance within any workplace.
4. Set an example
Make sure that you are doing what you ask everybody else to do. Health and Safety simply does not work if senior management set a bad example or turn a blind eye. As part of your plan set targets and take the time to hold regular reviews to ensure you are achieving what you want to achieve.
5. Buy the App
This may seem like a shameless plug but we have designed the App so you have the resource to help you manage your own Health and Safety. It covers lots of topics such as typical hazards, training and accident reporting. They are industry specific so everything is tailored to your requirements. Best thing is, when legislation or best practice changes we will update your App. This way you will have peace of mind that your workplace is a safe place for you, your staff and your clients. The Safety Smart Shelf App is now available via iTunes.
If you still feel you need help please feel free to get in touch and one of experts will be happy to help.
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