Since the potential costs of failure to comply with mandatory requirements can be serious, we hope that our Health & Safety top tips will help clarify the situation
(PRWEB UK) 18 April 2013
As one of the UK’s leading specialists in Health & Safety Compliance plus Employment Law Legislation, Lighthouse Risk Services understands that it is not always easy for businesses to keep on top of current legislation covering protection in the workplace.
To give businesses peace of mind in knowing they are meeting their compliance obligations when it comes to maintaining a safe working environment, Lighthouse offers some key tips to help employees and employers understand what is expected of them:
1 – Undertake a comprehensive risk assessment of potentially harmful workplace threats, along with clearly outlining what can be done to minimise them and who will be responsible for controlling Health & Safety issues.
2 – Clearly explain to all employees what the Health & Safety rules are and provide adequate training where necessary. Lighthouse advises it is a good idea to paste the regulations in a prominent place such as on the wall above the water cooler or in the kitchen front of the kettle.
3 – Provide employees with any equipment and protective clothing they need to conduct their jobs safely.
4 – Always have adequate first-aid facilities on hand.
5 – Immediately report major injuries and fatalities that occur at work to the Health and Safety Executive Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923. Other injuries, diseases and dangerous incidents should be reported online at http://www.hse.gov.uk.
6 – Ensure insurance is in place that sufficiently covers the company if an employee gets hurt or ill through work. Lighthouse also suggests that a hard copy of the current insurance certificate should be displayed where all staff can clearly see it so they know they are protected.
1 – Become familiar with the Health & Safety regulations, and always be mindful to follow the related training that the company has provided.
2 – Inform the employer or a supervisor if any Health & Safety risk is perceived.
Keeping Up With Current Legislation
Lighthouse Risk Services also advises UK businesses that the Health and Safety legislative framework has been recently updated to make it simpler and clearer. Furthermore, new regulations have been introduced that repeal and revoke a number of previous statutory requirements. These changes came into effect on 6th April 2013. A full listing of the most current legislative amendments can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk.
Chris Hall, Partner at Lighthouse Risk Services, concluded: “As a consultancy with a vast collective experience in the Health & Safety as well as HR fields, we have noticed a great deal of confusion relating to the ever-changing legislative framework that protects people in the workplace, as well as lack of clarity regarding what is expected of employers and employees to maintain compliance. Since the potential costs of failure to comply with mandatory requirements can be serious, we hope that our Health & Safety top tips will help clarify the situation.”