Recent news articles have highlighted many Health and Safety failings. Companies are facing hefty fines after failing to protect the welfare of their employees or the public.
According to the HSE, over £30 million worth of fines were issued in 2016. Half were in the Manufacturing industry. The most fatal injuries within this industry were caused due to falling from heights. Meanwhile the most non-fatal injuries were caused by slip, trips or falls.
New guidelines issued in early 2016 suggests that companies could receive fines of over £20million for the most serious offences. The increase is to ensure that employers take a serious approach to setting up safety measures. Thus, protecting all their staff members, including vulnerable Lone Workers.
Health and Safety Measures
Implementing the following Health and Safety measures would help organisations to be compliant with regulations. To maintain their duty of care needs to their employees:
Training. It’s the duty of the employer to provide adequate job training to all their employees. This could be the safe use of heavy machinery, manual handling, safely working from heights, etc.
Control Hazards. There should be effective procedures in place to eliminate potential hazards that could harm someone. Companies need to take the practical steps to isolate it from all staff members.
Incident Reporting Log. Employers must consider setting up an Incident Report Log that registers all accidents or injuries. This needs to include accidents that did not cause harm. A log will help to control the hazards and be on top of all potential incidents.
Emergency. There should be set procedures in place for effective emergency assistance and communication between staff if they are working alone. Employers should also consider regular supervision or issue personal safety alarms to lone workers. By doing so, they can raise an alarm if they suffer an accident or injury whilst working alone.
In summary, proactive approach towards maintaining a credible health and safety action plan is something every organisation should consider. The cost of being compliant with the HSE is a lot more cheaper than the fine itself, especially now that the new guideline is set in place. Along with heavy penalties and prosecutions, an organisations reputation could also be affected due to failings in Health and Safety regulations.