This year’s European Safety Week takes place next week, commencing on 21 October 2013. The initiattive of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is committed to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work by promoting a culture of risk prevention to improve working conditions.
The following top 10 tips should ensure that you are fit to fulfill your health and safety obligations and minimise the risks of claims by your employees.
1. Risk assessments
If carried out on a regular basis these can be an important way to limit the health and safety risks for your employees. Consider the areas of risk within your organisation and how these can be overcome.
You should also carry out individual risk assessments for each employee, including any employees who work at home.
2. Use of equipment
Ensure that all staff are adequately trained to use the equipment that they operate whilst at work.
3. Manual handling
If staff are required to lift or carry heavy objects, do ensure that they have been given guidance on how best to do this without risking injury.
4. Display screen equipment (DSE)
You will have a responsibility to provide free eye and eyesight tests to all employees who use VDU equipment. If an employee is required to wear special glasses for use with a VDU at work, you are also required to make a contribution towards the cost of basic frames and lenses.
5. Emergency evacuation and fire precautions
Do ensure that all staff are aware of the procedures for evacuating the buildings in the event of an emergency. You will want …Read More