The health and safety regulations are very demanding and all organisations are responsible for compiling with the current legislation. Most business owners and managers take responsibility for the health and safety of their employees and consumers very seriously – giving it the highest priority.
And with an increasing number of people claiming compensation for all kinds of accidents in the workplace or on the move, they have a lot to lose if they get it wrong. What’s the worst that can happen? If someone has an accident resulting in serious injury or death at work, business owners and managers could:
o Have to close down their business until all health and safety management issues are addressed
o Be sued by the victim or victim’s family for substantial compensation
o Be heavily fined by the courts for breach of Health and Safety Legislation
o Be sent to prison
So if you’re a business owner or manager you must do all you can to minimise the risk of any of these things happening to you.
Get to grips with health and safety in the workplace
Make sure you have rigorous health and safety management polices and procedures in place and carry out regular audits & inspections to make sure they’re working effectively. Carry out a comprehensive health and safety assessment and take out appropriate liability insurance to cover all areas of risk.
Create and implement a business-wide health and safety strategy, designating responsibilities and reviewing on a regular basis. The strategy should address:
o Health and safety management
Designate individuals to be responsible for health and safety in different areas of the business and workplace and ensure each is adequately trained as a health and safety specialist in their area.