Health and safety plays an important part in any business these days. It’s crucial to ensure every employee feels comfortable and understands how to maintain and create a safe working environment.
It was recorded that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 (HSM, 2018), while more than two million people suffer from illnesses caused by or made worse by their workplace (HSE, 2016).
As these numbers suggest, it is incredibly important to consider a company’s health and safety procedures, how they are communicated, the health and safety knowledge within the business and how these can contribute to a safer working environment for all.
Employees are a company’s biggest asset and it should be imperative that they feel safe while working, this will ultimately lead to a happier and more productive workforce.
Organisations can take a number of steps to make sure effective health and safety exists across the board:
- Ensuring an employee’s regular work does not injure them or make them ill
- Making sure staff receive regular health and safety training
- Instilling a health and safety culture across the organisation, making it second nature to all staff
- Making sure it meets legal obligations of protecting its workforce
- Ensuring effective protocols are in place for the reporting of incidents which may occur
Benefits of effective Health and Safety Training within your organisation
Some firms may say that insurance would be able to cover most of the things lost if a health and safety incident was to occur. But, this does not fix the potential negative impacts on its employees, nor eliminate the risk of damaging workforce morale and reducing productivity.
Keeping the working environment safe can be effective in reducing the amount of absences from work – if employees feel they’re being looked after, they will be more motivated to work and have less chance of being injured.
In addition, the appearance of the workplace can improve cleanliness and housekeeping, leaving the workplace more presentable and safe. This will ultimately help to reduce the number of insurance claims employees may make, therefore saving on cost and time for the company.
Effective training allows employees to take control of the health and safety procedures within a business, giving them ownership and responsibility within the organisation.
Finally, well-implemented health and safety training within an organisation can enhance brand value and goodwill towards a company, it allows companies to better retain their employees by providing a safe workplace and more opportunity to work with the clients as there is less down time having to deal with incidents and complaints.
Health and Safety Training
Edinburgh College provides a range of health and safety courses certified by IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) and NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health). These courses are designed to help provide the knowledge and skills necessary for health and safety professionals to deliver effective training and help them to advance their career.