16 Dec 2014

Lack of Health & Safety 'putting employees at risk'

Sixty one per cent of working adults in Scotland feel their health and safety needs are not being fully met by their employer.

That’s according to research carried out by YouGov. Sixty per cent of respondents suggested their organisation could do more to reduce the chances of accidents occurring, suggesting a number of British businesses could be leaving themselves at risk. Twenty two per cent said health and safety is “not that important in my industry” when asked. Ten per cent think no one they work with has received any type of workplace health and safety and 76 per cent are not aware of any incidents that have taken place in the last 12 months.

“More than four million working days were lost in 2011/12 due to workplace injuries. “It seems clear though that no matter what your company does, looking after health and safety offers a good return on investment.”

Of the UK senior decision makers that took part, 32 per cent admitted they knew of at least one incident in the last 12 months that proper health and safety procedures could have helped to prevent.

Fourteen per cent of respondents were unaware of anyone at their company that had received any sort of workplace health and safety training. It also found differing levels of success between industries, the transportation and distribution sector among the worst when it comes to fully meeting requirements. 73 per cent in this field suggested their needs are “not fully met”, with 70 per cent in medical and health services saying the same.

The findings could prompt many organisations to take a closer look at whether they’re meeting the standards required.

References: The Business Journal - Special Report

What must employers do?

The need to provide suitable equipment is detailed in The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) for which downloadable information is available here.

PUWER and WAHR tend to work hand-in-hand and Good to Go Safety can help companies comply with both sets of Regulations.

Due to the flexibility of the Good to Go Safety checklists, they allow a competent person to specify the frequency of their checks – whether this be a daily/weekly/monthly check, a 7-day check or after alterations/periods of severe weather. Indeed some equipment may only come out of storage once in a blue moon, at which point a pre-use check can be carried out.

Each checklist is specific to the equipment being used. So whether it be a ladder, tower or MEWP you will follow a step-by-step walk-around to check safety critical components before placing the completed checklist inside a tag on the equipment for everyone to see the findings and current status.

Each completed checklist is created in duplicate to ensure that findings are not only displayed on the equipment but that a record is retained as part of your Safe Equipment Management System (SEMS) which can prove invaluable in the event of an accident investigation. By having evidence of completed equipment checks, documented dates, signatures and findings it shows that you have taken appropriate steps to minimise the potential for equipment failure. More importantly, it might help save someone’s life in the process.

Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for your safe equipment management systems.

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