Safety in all areas is of paramount importance. In any industry, business or service, ensuring the safety of staff, customers and the general public needs to be considered on an ongoing basis. While there have been vast improvements in this area in recent years, there is much more to be done.
The Stats and Costs of Poor Safety in the Workplace
The following statistics are from the Health and Safety Executive:
1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
137 workers killed at work (2016/17)
72,702 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
621,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2014/15)
The costs associated with injury and ill-health of employees should not be overlooked or underestimated and can be detrimental to the successful growth of small and medium businesses in particular.
The potential loss of key staff, the cost of compensation and even the blow to morale among their colleagues should ensure that safety inspections are taken extremely seriously but unfortunately that is not always the case.
Instilling Safety as an Important Ethic in the Workplace
While it is a legal requirement to ensure the safety of staff and to carry out safety inspections on a regular basis, it is often seen as a laborious or tedious task and therefore not always done to the necessary standards.
While nobody wants to see injuries happen in the workplace, the prevention of injuries is something that many people do not prioritize. Instilling safety as an ethic of the workplace which is just as important as growth and performance is a key to successfully ensuring ongoing safety for employees and colleagues.
Through initiatives like First Aid courses, best practice task completion exercises and proper oversight, staff become aware of the importance of safety and in turn, begin to take it on as a duty of their own too.
Safety Procedures and Management
There are many programmes and lots of information about safety procedures and management and it is not difficult to find out information on the best safety procedures for different industries. However, the implementation of these procedures is where the issue usually lies. Even with the best intentions of employers and staff, if safety procedures are not followed then accidents can occur.
Different methods of ensuring this have been tried and tested over the years and it is clear that an important factor is the implementation of Safety Inspections. While these are often considered to be the work of outside agencies, companies who carry out regular internal safety inspections will have a much better chance of avoiding problems.
Safety Inspections in the Workplace
Go-Inspect is safety inspection software and app which enables businesses and organizations to create and carry out their own safety inspections on a regular basis and taking a minimal amount of time.
Through the web portal, the safety inspections can be set up by management personnel and the app allows the inspections to be carried out by anyone with a smartphone although it is best to have designated safety inspectors. With all information being filled out through the app on the phone, it is easy to keep track of and react quickly to any issues which are discovered.
The simplicity of using the app is the key to ensuring that the inspections are done regularly and that it takes a minimal amount of time to complete them at regular intervals.
Why not find out more about Go-Inspect and discover how you can implement safety procedures for the protection and benefit of your company and staff.
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