As an employer, you bear a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of people in your workplace. It is a huge mistake to believe that your business is accident proof and now is definitely not the time you want to get hit with a payout for an employee or customer who suffered injury on your premises.

DON’T PANIC, implementing good health and safety measures does not have to be complicated, expensive or time consuming. Get started with these common sense occupational safety and health practices.

Fire Safety And Electricity

  • Undertake a fire risk assessment
  • Keep basic fire fighting equipment on hand
  • Regularly inspect fire fighting equipment, sprinkler and alarm systems, wiring, heating, air-conditioning equipment and refrigeration units
  • Train employees in emergency procedures
  • Display posters about how to deal with fire and electrical faults and include phone numbers to call in case of emergency

First Aid And Accident Reporting

  • Appoint a suitably trained employee as First Aid officer
  • Offer training to other employees in first aid techniques
  • Train employees to report and log notifiable accidents

Hazardous Substances

  • Identify and document procedures for the handling of all hazardous substances
  • Train employees in the proper procedures for storage, dispensing, moving and using hazardous substances

Manual Handling

  • Do a risk assessment – which tasks involve manual handling, can any be automated?
  • Train employees how to handle heavy loads

Work Equipment And Protective Clothing

  • Provide suitable and adequate work equipment and protective clothing
  • Keep equipment and protective clothing maintained
  • Train employees in the proper use of equipment

Workplace

  • Check that the workplace/customer areas meet regulation standards for ventilation, lighting, temperature, cleanliness and size of working/walking areas and keep areas rubbish free

Insurance

  • Take out employers' liability insurance