Health and Safety in a recession

Health and safety is really a complicated problem, it is an extremely essential element of any company and numerous Acts position various duties on business employers.  Health and safety is usually overlooked by firms that operate from office premises, but for legal reasons when you employ 5 or even more staff, you have to have a health and safety policy.

Health and safety is a responsibility for everybody at all levels. Health and safety is about the control over dangers at work. Risk is the chance – however big or small – that the threat might lead to injury. Risk is the probability of it leading to harm and also the degree of harm it could cause. Risk is the likelihood and the consequences of that hazard happening.

What happens in recession?

Health and safety standards can slide if you have a sharp economic recession which we are feeling at the moment. Companies might be persuaded to scale back on upkeep of locations, amenities and equipment. Employment levels might be cut to reduce labour costs raising the stress on leftover employees to get the work done. Coaching of personnel in secure operating techniques may be decreased as there are less instructors and personnel reductions result in less time for training.

Keeping staff motivated and healthy when times are tight is essential. Organisations will need useful welfare and change management procedures to guarantee the health and well being of staff. During unsure periods, consultation gets more and more essential, including staff at every stage in the process.  Stress risk assessments, responsive work wellness solutions, comprehending causes of absence and having smart return-to-work processes set up can all decrease the impact of change on the long-term health of the workforce.

Other important Aspects, Audits and Inspections

Health and safety audits really are a formalised approach to looking into a systems performance. It would be the structured procedure for accumulating independent facts about the performance, effectiveness and robustness of the entire health and safety management systems and creating ideas for remedial actions.

Health and safety inspections generally involve searching for actual proof of how well health and safety is now being handled. An over-all examination of areas may well require people exploring the condition of office space, flooring, pathways, steps, lights, well being and medical facilities. Investigations of greater risk items have to be much more specific, and are usually essential to legislation. These could consist of lifting gear, scaffolds, excavations and local exhaust ventilation. To succeed, examinations have to be prepared properly and completed regularly. Outcomes of inspections must be examined regularly to recognize any typical features and trends.

Just because you don’t operate heavy machinery, you still need a policy!

As we said before, Health and safety is usually disregarded by companies that run from office property. Certainly, there’s a belief that workers in offices don’t have to deal with risk, and that a health and safety policy thus remains pointless. This really is not the case. Health and safety should be part of how you operate – you have a ‘duty of care’ to members of the public and any staff that you employ. That duty means protecting people against any risks to their health and safety as a result of your work.

So just because times are tough, please don’t skimp on your health and safety systems, effective management and control is all that it needs!

 

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posted on August 4, 2011
in Safety Management
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