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Health and Safety – Top 12 Tips for Workplace H&S

Introduction
Many businesses we visit says the same thing - health and safety tends to be the last thing on their mind as they are very busy actually running their core business!

But when an accident happens, the realisation dawns that, with a few simple steps, the accident could probably have been avoided. The company and its owners can face prosecution and also a civil law suit costing many thousands of pounds, and accident often result in unnecessary pain, cost and inconvenience.

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1. Take out Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance
- All but single self-employed people need this.
 
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2. Appoint a Competent Person
The law says you must appoint someone competent to help you to meet your health and safety duties. Internal staff that have had training or an external consultant – you decide. Safety is the Key are the Appointed Competent Person for a number of businesses - ask us for a free quote.
 
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3. Write a Health & Safety Policy
A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It MUST be written if you have 5 or more employees, though you must still have it in place with under 5 employees!. We write many Policies every month - so why not let us help you?
 
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4. Provide basic Welfare facilities
Provide a safe & healthy environment for employees. Include suitable welfare such as toilets, washing facilities, drinking water and a good environment i.e. lighting, temperature etc.

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5 Provide health and safety training
Provide Health and Safety training for employees so that they are aware of the hazards and risks in the workplace and are equipped to manage them. You should frequently consult employees on health and safety to ensure that they understand any responsibilities that they have. SITK Ltd train hundreds of employees every year on a variety of H&S topics.
 
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6. Provide the Health and Safety at Work Law Poster
You must provide the approved information in the form of a Poster or leaflet displayed publicly in your workplace. A new and revised Poster has recently been issued. SITK Ltd can provide the new version for just £18 inclusive of VAT/P&P. 

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7. Log all accidents and report certain ones as well
Put ALL your accidents, incidents and near-misses in your Accident Book. There are some accidents/diseases that you must report under regulations known as RIDDOR. These include 'over 7 day' accidents and some broken bones. More details here:
 
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8. Provide First Aid facilities
The First Aid Regulations require employers to provide first aid in their workplaces. Carry out an assessment to determine the likely hazards, and provide adequate and suitable first aid accordingly. First aid may include first aid boxes, travel kits , trained first-aiders or appointed persons.                                  
 
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9. Carry out a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
ALL businesses with premises (leased or owned) must carry out a FRA.  It MUST be written if you have 5 or more employees, though you must still have it in place with under 5. Detail your fire extinguishers, alarm/smoke systems, fire signs, escape distances, assembly area etc. SITK Ltd can advise you further or write your Fire Risk Assessment for you.
 
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10. Assess the risks
Assess and manage the health and safety risks of your business. Write the significant results if you have 5 or more employees, but you must still prove to the inspectors you have assessed all your risks even if you have under 5 staff. Examine what could cause people harm and what you must to prevent or reduce that harm.
 
Examples topics: Chemicals, Electrical, PPE, Manual Handling, Lone Working, Work at Height, Slips/Trips/Falls, Driving, Computers, Stress etc.

SITK Ltd can help you write these assessments.

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11. Carry out an Asbestos Survey and employee training
If you have business premises built before 2000, ensure you have an Asbestos Survey. If your staff may be exposed to asbestos during their work (i.e. maintenance staff, plumbers, electricians, construction workers etc.) you must train them in asbestos awareness annually. SITK Ltd can undertake your Asbestos Survey and training - we train hundreds of operative every year.

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12. Have your electrical systems and portable appliances checked (PAT)
Electrical faults kill many people every year. Have the building system checked and certificated every 5 years (or sooner if an expert deems it) and all your portable electrical appliances checked regularly as appropriate (often every one, two or three years or more frequent in hazardous work environments such as construction sites). Portable appliance testing (PAT) is just one method - any suitable checking regime can be used.


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Testimonial:
"Thanks to Shabbir and Safety is the Key I now comply with all the required documentation and have no worries should I get a visit from the Inspector." 
Ian Ferris Dip BSS. MIPTI. MCNHC