You must provide a safe and healthy environment for all your workers and take their welfare needs into account. However, this doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.
This applies to a very wide range of workplaces – not only factories, shops and offices but also schools, hospitals, hotels and places of entertainment etc.
Workplace means any premises or part of a premises which are made available to any person as a place of work. It does not cover domestic premises.
The term workplace also includes the common parts of shared buildings, private roads and paths on industrial estates and business parks.
You must consider, for example, lighting, ventilation, temperature, toilets and washing facilities.
You must also consider the needs of people with disabilities who may have specific needs, for example adapted toilet and washing facilities, wide doorways and gangways.
The 10 Commandments of Workplace Safety Are:
- Everyone is responsible for their own workplace safety and the safety of others.
- All accidents are preventable.
- Follow Company rules, regulations and procedures.
- Assess the Risks. Stop and think.
- Be proactive about safety.
- If you’re not trained, don’t do it.
- Manual Handling – Manage the lift.
- Don’t take shortcuts.
- Practice good housekeeping
- Be prepared.