Health and Safety is at the root of every successful business in the construction game. It’s not just about providing peace of mind that the job is being done properly, but getting your health and safety practices rightlike, it is also protecting the company against liability of prosecution.
If you do not have these vital health and safety rules and regulations already in place at your work, you could be breaking the law and liable to prosecution. Such rules and regs are also constantly changing, and with staff turnover, its important to keep on top of your Health and Safety training. This is where we step in, to ensure that you are making the right business decisions for yourself, your employees and of the success of your company.
You as a company are responsible for the wellbeing of your employees. This responsibility may seem like a lot of effort with training days and making hazards known within the workplace, however long term this is beneficial to your business too. Let's look at productivity for example.
If your employees have a safe environment to work in then this will increase productivity, as they will have a sense of security and assurance knowing that they are aware of the risks around them in the workplace and how to adapt to an issue if one was to occur. Around a million workers self-report suffering from a workplace illness. Not only is this demotivating, harmful and bound to affect their productivity when they’re at work, it will also lead to additional days off, costing the business further still.
Construction sites can be extremely hazardous places to work, and this is why within this particular occupation it is absolutely crucial that every member of the business is made aware of the possible risks and how to either deal with them if they arise, or even how to prevent potential dangers.
Take away the legality around health and safety compliance for a second and think about your employees. They should be the main reason for a well thought out health sand safety policy, they will have families they go home to and that’s the only thing you really need to keep in mind. Ensuring the safety of your employee’s day in day out.
Now, it may be that you’re aware of some or even all the rules and regulations within Construction health and safety. But do your employees or others around your workplace?
The most common forms of accidents that happen within Construction are caused by falling from great heights (for example scaffolding), electrocution, falling debris/objects, fires and even explosions.
Do your employees know how to avoid these from happening or how to deal with them if it was to occur? If the answer is no, then having an expert in the field come to your site(s) to conduct training in an informative and engaging way can help you ensure everyone on site takes responsibility for health and safety in the workplace
Health and safety regulations are there to protect workers against harm and/or illness, and it also makes smart business sense: having workers that are productive and healthy due to the lack of hazards, reduced risk of accidents occurring to equipment within a construction environment which cost a lot to replace.
Health and Safety has always been important, but it's never a bad thing to be reminded about why we need the correct procedures in place. Perhaps now is a good time to ensure your staff are fully aware of the dangers of their roles, and to get an expert in to help with training and navigating the minefield that is Health and Safety.