Accidents happen, right?
But as an employer, it is your responsibility by law to take the necessary measures to ensure that the workplace is safe for all who enter it and minimise the risk of accidents by as much as possible.
According to the Health Safety Authority, slips, trips, and falls account for the greatest number of workplace deaths, and approximately one-fifth of all non-fatal accidents. Manual handling accounts for a third of accidents.
But accidents don’t only just happen in high-risk environments – they can happen in any workplace environment, and often fatalities and accidents of this manner are preventable.
The Rate of Injuries (any days lost) per 1000 workers by Economic Sector 2014.
Three Ways to Reduce the Risk of Accidents
Start your Safety precautions at the door. Branded mats are not just an aesthetically pleasing way to welcome people to your premises – they are practical and reduce the amount of water coming into the premises. See here on the HSA website.
But be warned – poorly fitted and insufficient mats can be even more of a safety hazard than having none at all. Ensure you choose a trusted supplier when looking for mats.
By providing proper workwear for employees, you are ensuring that they are safe and properly equipped while at work.
Your workwear must be tailored to your needs and the safety standards of your specific industry. When choosing a workwear provider, consider their expertise, superior product, quality control, customer service and proven reputation.
Renting or buying, it’s important that you can trust your provider to be knowledgeable of regulations and specifications, while also providing comfort and a sleek and professional look. If renting workwear, go with a provider that offers full traceability with regular audits and a managed laundry service.
3. Personal Safety
Ensure that your employees are aware of their own personal safety. Signage or other common reminders to alert employees to potential hazards are useful.
Tips for Your Employees:
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Listen to warnings
- Take care with machinery
- Don’t take risks
- Alert your manager to any safety concerns
Under the law, employers have responsibilities – but so do employees, according to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
The HSA states that all employees must:
- Comply with relevant laws and protect their own safety and health, as well as the safety and health of anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
- Ensure that they are not under the influence of any intoxicant to the extent that they could be a danger to themselves or others while at work.
- Cooperate with their employer with regard to safety, health and welfare at work.
- Not engage in any improper conduct that could endanger their own safety or health or that of anyone else.
- Participate in safety and health training offered by their employer.
- Make proper use of all machinery, tools, substances, etc. and of all Personal Protective Equipment provided for use at work.
- Report any defects in the place of work, equipment, etc. which might endanger safety and health.
How Service Matters Can Help
Service Matters can provide you with a trusted service. We understand your business requirements and customise an efficient and best value service tailored to you. Service Matters can advise of what is best in terms of workwear, floor mat solutions and more, providing consistent quality and expertise.
Not only are you protecting your employees, but you’re protecting your brand. Get in touch with Service Matters to see how we can help.