How to Improve Workplace Health and Safety
Posted by Ian Bolton – Sales Manager
Health and safety in the workplace should be a priority for any organisation, in order to safeguard employees as they carry out their day-to-day tasks. In line with Health and Safety at Work Regulations, all employers have a statutory duty to protect their employees by putting adequate measures in place including health and safety training.
However, these measures aren’t always observed as strictly as they should be, leading to a decline in safety standards. If you are looking to improve health and safety in your organisation, here are some of the strategies you should consider.
One of the most significant ways to improve health and safety in the workplace is by influencing long-term change in the behaviour of employees. The method behind this approach relies on enforcing good habits while removing any of the current bad habits exhibited by workers.
The behaviour safety programme we have devised, SafeCoach, works on the principle that employees care about their own wellbeing, and supports them in adopting safe behaviours, through regular coaching. Using this approach, you can underpin your regular health and safety training by using line managers to become safety coaches who can then monitor, feedback, and coach their team on workplace health and safety best practices.
Having a health and safety policy in place alone isn’t enough to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of employees. If you want to improve its effectiveness, you’ll need to commit to carrying out regular risk assessments to identify any gaps in your current policy, or areas which would benefit from improvement.
These regular assessments are vital because over time a variety of factors can change in your workplace. These can then affect your current policy as it may no longer be as effective as when it was first introduced. For example, if you have updated your premises or introduced new equipment, your health and safety policy should be reassessed and updated to reflect this.
Not only is training vital to improving health and safety in the workplace but it is also the statutory duty of all employers, under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. No matter what the nature of your business is, all of your employees must be trained in the workplace health and safety areas relevant to their role. Don’t forget, if your organisation frequently uses contractors, it is also your responsibility to ensure that they are properly trained too.
So, what are your options when it comes to providing workplace health and safety training? You can either go down the traditional route of classroom-style training days or investing in health and safety eLearning for your employees. While both are popular options, online courses are becoming more and more popular thanks to their cost-effective nature and because they allow all trainees to progress at their own pace.
No two workplaces have the same health and safety requirements. To help you find the best solution for your organisation, speak to the friendly and knowledgeable team here at Praxis42 who will be able to advise you on your options, and support you with your training needs.
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