Every employee has the right to work in a safe place. We all need to feel secure and comfortable, and if we don’t, employers shouldn’t be surprised if we choose to leave and work somewhere else. Not only does a safe working environment mean more loyal staff, but it also means that those staff are more productive, as they feel happy and valued. Therefore, it is crucial for both employers and employees to have somewhere safe to work. Read on to find out how this environment can be created.
Training is always going to be an extremely important part of having a safe working environment. No matter what measures are put in place, if people don’t know what they are or how to ensure they are following the rules, accidents can happen and employers liability lawyers may need to get involved. Therefore, training needs to be part of any kind of orientation for new employees, plus regular ongoing training should be put in place to keep everyone aware of what they need to do to keep safe.
Training isn’t just about adhering to the rules that each company puts in place; it should also be relevant to the work that people are doing. The more training you can offer, whether it’s in-house or through an external company, the more smoothly your company will run, and the safer it will be.
If you don’t know what the potential dangers are within your business, how will employees know what to avoid doing, and how will you know what kind of training is required? The answer is you won’t, which is why you need to know exactly what the issues are.
Carrying out risk assessments on a regular basis throughout your business is crucial if you want to ensure that you know exactly where the difficulties might lie, and if you want to be able to minimize the risk to your employees (and members of the public) wherever possible.
Risk assessments don’t have to be difficult, and they don’t have to be formalized on any specific forms. You can simply use a blank piece of paper to note down any potential issues and then work out a plan of how to make those issues less problematic and more safe. There are often forms that can be downloaded from the internet if you’re not sure where to start.
Encourage Team Working
If you can help encourage a better team spirit at work, you will be able to ensure that people are going to help one another and look out for one another. This makes for a much safer working environment compared to one in which everyone looks out for themselves.
This doesn’t mean that people have to work in teams all the time – this just isn’t practical and some lone working is going to be required at some point, depending on the job at hand – but it does mean that, if you have a strong team in general, people will be much safer together.