10 quick tips to improve health & safety at work blog post

10 quick tips to improve health & safety at work

There are a multitude of ways that health & safety could be improved in every workplace, this blog is a 5 minute read with 10 quick tips for improving safety in yours.

1. In the event of a fire...

Know the dangers of fire. Most fire related deaths are the result of inhaling smoke and toxic gases produced by a fire, rather than burns. To ensure your quick exit in an emergency, become familiar with all the fire exits, make sure fire escapes are not obstructed and dispose of combustible materials properly.

2. Reduce workplace injuries...

All too often it takes an accident to identify a health and safety problem in the workplace. While the problem should then be addressed, someone has been injured. Reduce accidents and incidents in your workplace by identifying hazards and taking appropriate action before an accident occurs. Spot it, report it, sort it. Nobody wants to be injured at work.

3. Don't slip up...

Watch your step! Slips, trips and falls might not seem like a major problem, but they are the most common cause of injury in the workplace. Play your part, keep the workplace tidy, clean up any spillages (or make arrangements for them to be cleaned) and report any damage to flooring or mats immediately.

4. Chemical safety...

Chemicals are part of our everyday lives, but they can be harmful if not used correctly. Don’t mix chemical products, don't leave chemicals unattended and don't store chemicals in unmarked containers. To prevent ill-health, always follow the safety instructions when using hazardous substances.

5. Why accident report forms are essential...

It is important to report accidents that occur in the workplace to ensure that the causes can be identified and solutions put in place. Even a relatively a minor accident may result in more serious consequences if it is allowed to reoccur. To help make the workplace safer, all accidents must be recorded on an accident report form.

6. Use ladders correctly...

More accidents involve ladders than any other piece of work equipment. However, this is not due to ladders being inherently dangerous, it's simply because they are so commonly used. To stay safe, only use ladders for short duration work, set them on solid ground, and don't reach too far beyond the central position.

7. Set up display screen equipment properly...

When it comes to workstation comfort, problems are often caused by the way we use display screen equipment (DSE) and not the equipment itself. Setting up your workstation correctly, assessing your environment and taking frequent short posture breaks can help create a more comfortable workplace. It's also beneficial to keep moving position while you work - your best posture is your next posture!

8.  Be aware of your body...

Summer can be a great time to work outdoors, but it brings the risk of extreme heat and sun exposure. Be aware of your body - dehydration can creep up on you, leading to dizziness and fatigue. Staying hydrated is essential during hot weather, so remember to drink plenty of water and/or cold beverages throughout the day and take a break if you need to cool down.

9. Less danger, less accidents...

Risk in the workplace refers to potential dangers that could lead to accidents, injuries, or illnesses for employees or visitors. These risks can arise from various sources, such as unsafe equipment, hazardous substances, repetitive tasks, or even human error. Help create a safe working environment, follow all safety instructions, and speak up if something doesn't seem right.

10. Speak up about mental health...

Stress is not a weakness, it can happen to anyone. If stress becomes too intense and prolonged, it can lead to mental and physical illness. Common signs include feeling anxious, constantly feeling tired or fatigued, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, loss of appetite or overeating as well as physical symptoms like stomach issues or chest pain. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out for help. Seeking support early can make a world of difference.

 

Focusing on H&S will save you money in the long run.

Rather than being an expense, health & safety procedures should be considered as an investment as the results are just as important as any other measurable business objective.

Group of workers looking happy with health and safety measures in their office

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