Health and safety is a major issue for any business. Even those businesses that are entirely office-based and don’t require any particularly dangerous work need to have a health and safety plan. There are always accidents that can occur, even in a seemingly safe office environment. At the very least, all businesses need to have a fire safety plan so that staff know what to do during an emergency. There are some areas of health and safety that are often forgotten about or overlooked. When considering health and safety, remember to think about the issues below to cover all of your bases.
Warehouses can be dangerous places, with lots of equipment, goods and people moving around. One of the things that can present a health and safety issue in a warehouse is the storage systems that are used. If things aren’t stored properly, it could lead to a serious accident caused by a collapse or another problem. A SEMA racking inspection is designed to check out your racking system and ensure it’s completely safe. It helps your business to ensure legal compliance and provides the opportunity to spot and repair and deterioration or damage to your racking system.
Air Quality and Circulation
Poor air quality could be the result of a number of things. In some cases, the work being carried out might create dust and debris that needs to be controlled. Poor air quality could also be the result of inadequate ventilation. Keeping fresh air flowing is important in any work environment. Even in an office, it helps to prevent the circulation of germs and can help to combat allergens that affect the health of your staff. Good ventilation and air circulation is essential in any workplace, but especially in enclosed spaces where a little more thought might need to go into ventilation.
Good communication is one of the most important things when it comes to health and safety. Without people communicating properly, there can be misunderstandings, which lead to mistakes. Communication should take place in several different ways, through meetings and conversations, and through written communication. It can include everything from sending emails to notify people of problems to clear signage and the use of radios in warehouses to ensure everyone stays in touch. Improving communication can make your workspaces a lot safer and help to prevent incidents and accidents.
Slips, Trips and Falls
The danger of slips, trips and falls is often forgotten when thinking about health and safety, especially in office environments. But there are many hazards that could lead to someone tripping or falling, from loose electrical cords and wires to wet floors. Some issues might seem minor, but if an accident occurs, it could end up being more serious than you imagine. Any incident, no matter how small, needs to be prevented if you want to ensure your business is as safe as possible.
Stay on top of these key health and safety issues to make your business safer and protect your employees and others.