UK Health and Safety Week – What it is and how to keep staff safe

Health and Safety Week is being held between 20-24 June, 2016

The Health and Safety at Work Act was first introduced in the UK in 1974 and thanks to it, we have one of the best health and safety records in the world.

Health & Safety Week was launched forty years later in 2014, in a bid to encourage employers and employees across the UK to embrace health and safety issues within the workplace, by taking part in a number of activities and initiatives during the year.

Health and Safety Week to be held in June

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More than 1.2 million people in 2014-15 suffered from a work related illness, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and there were 76,054 non-fatal injuries reported during the same time period.

23 million working days each year are lost because of injuries and illnesses caused by unsafe conditions in today’s workplaces.

Business owners have a duty of care towards all members of staff and should ensure that they adhere to adequate health and safety procedures, to make sure that staff members are kept safe whilst at work.

Providing a safe working environment for employees can help reduce the risk of incidents happening within the workplace and should be top priority for all business owners.

The first step in developing an efficient safety plan is to carry out a risk assessment within the workplace and to write down all potential dangers and hazards that could possibly affect the health and safety of staff members.

Risk assessments should be carried out regularly, ensuring that health and safety procedures within the company are always up-to-date.

After the assessment has been done, specific measures can then be put in place to help reduce the risk of an incident occurring within the workplace.

Companies are also urged to look at past assessments to see where positive changes could be made.

Employees are also expected to play their part and should tell employers if they notice anything that could be a danger to workers and should always follow all health and safety instructions.

All employees should be fully trained in their role, for example, if they work with a specific piece of equipment, they must be trained to use it correctly and safely and know what to do in case of an incident.

If carrying our hazardous or dangerous duties, all employees must be supplied with the correct protective equipment, such as gloves, eye protection wear, safety helmets or high-vis clothing.

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