What is health and safety?

What is health and safety?

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

What is health and safety?



When it comes to health and safety, it can be hard to figure out the differences between your legal requirements and your assumptions. Health and safety means the regulations and procedures intended to prevent accident or injury in workplaces or public environments. Quite simply, health and safety is a vital part of any business – as an employer, you have a legal obligation to ensure that the safety of your employees and the public is not put at risk and that they are safe from harm.


Reduce work-related accidents

We’ve put together a handy infographic for you, and included our top tips when it comes to health and safety in the workplace.




1. Risk assessment.

You should carry out a risk assessment of your business and recognise any potential threats or issues that may occur. These risk assessments should be reviewed regularly, especially if you are using any new equipment or there is a major change in the way you work.


2. Keep records.

You should write down any health and safety measures you are taking following your risk assessment. Write a health and safety policy, and keep a record of all risk assessments to carry out. Accident logs should also be kept – including any near misses.


3. Keep it tidy.

By far the easiest way to avoid accidents in the workplace is to keep your office, workshop or workspace tidy. All rubbish and recycling should be in the respective appropriate bins and disposed of regularly. Spills, dust or debris should be cleaned up promptly. Cables and wires must be covered to avoid slips, trips and falls.


4. Training.

Making sure everyone in the company knows the role they play in creating a safe working environment. Organising training sessions or health and safety workshops for all staff is a great way of achieving this.


5. Get talking.

Chatting with your staff members about health and safety can be a really great tool to make your workplace a safer and more productive environment. This can be encouraged following the training you carry out, or the health and safety workshops.


6. Fire drills.

All of your employees should know what to do in the event of a fire. Carry out fire drills at least once a year to ensure they are confident with your company procedure. Fire action policies should be displayed clearly in your working environment for visitors and staff to read.


7. Routine maintenance.

Make sure that all equipment and appliances are serviced regularly and that necessary repairs are carried out as soon as required. This point also applies to your premises and place of work.


8. First aid.

Ensure that you have enough first aiders trained for the amount of staff you have – this will differ depending on the level of hazard involved in the work you do, so be sure to research this. Your first aid kit should be well stocked containing all the necessary items for dealing with first aid, and all accidents should be recorded in your accident book.


9. Identify vulnerable people.

Make sure you identify any workers that may be considered vulnerable, such as the elderly or very young, those who may have a disability or those that are pregnant. A risk assessment should be carried out specifically for them to ensure you are protecting their health and safety properly.


10. Signage.

Safety signs should be provided to highlight fire escapes, fire assembly points, fire extinguishers and anything that could be hazardous to your employees’ health such as electrics and substances. All signs must be clear of obstruction and visible.


What health and safety is not

To put all of the above into context for you, we've found a few examples that demonstrate what health and safety is not (below). Disclaimer time: however funny these are, please don’t try these in the work place!

Click here to see Buzzfeed's health and safety fails.


What next?

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