Health and Safety
What are the common health and safety problems?
Common Health and Safety problems can include Space, Temperature, Ventilation, Natural light, Workstations and breaks away from the screen, Fire Escape Plans, Slips, trips and falls etc. At McClure HR Services we are able to advise you on all of these and implement policies and procedures which will safeguard both Employer and Employee. Learn More about McClure HR Consultants
What are the Employer Duties
Employers have legal obligations to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for their employees in the first instance – and also for anyone else who may visit the workplace such as customers, contractors and members of the public.
All employers, whatever the size of the business, must:
- design, provide and maintain workplaces which are safe and without risk to health;
- identify any hazards (actual or potential) tand ake measures to control the risks, preferably by eliminating them – but if that is not possible, by reducing them as far as possible;
- ensure that safe working practices are developed and implemented,
- implement measures to reduce the risk of bullying and harassment;
- provide adequate first aid facilities;
- provide employees with information, instructions, and training set up contingency plans to deal with accidents and emergencies (including the evacuation of the workplace);
- ensure that ventilation, temperature, lighting, toilet, washing and rest facilities meet the standard of health, safety and welfare sought by the statutory bodies;
- ensure that appropriate work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained;
- take necessary precautions against the risks caused by flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise, dust and radiation;
- take reasonable steps to avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling and provide manual handling training where required;
- provide health supervision, as needed;
- provide protective clothing, where required and appropriate warning signs;
- report specific accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the appropriate authorities; and maintain records of accidents and injuries as appropriate.
What are the Employee Rights & Responsibilities?
The law establishes significant rights for employees – as well as responsibilities to co-operate in appropriate behaviour to protect their own well-being.
The right of employees to work in a safe and healthy environment is enshrined in law. As such, it cannot be withdrawn or diluted by your employer. The most important rights and responsibilities are set out below.
- to have any risks to your health and safety properly controlled, as far as possible;
- to be provided, free of charge, with any personal protective and safety equipment;
- to stop work and leave your work area, if you have reasonable concerns about your safety, without being disciplined;
- to tell your employer about any concerns about your health and safety at work;
- to get in touch with the appropriate authority, without being disciplined, if your employer refuses to address to your concerns;
- to be consulted by your employer about safety, health and welfare at work and to be provided with specific information on these issues; and
- to select Safety Representatives, as part of this consultation with your employer.
Your responsibilities to take reasonable care of your health and safety; to take reasonable care not to put other people at risk;
- to participate in appropriate training;
- to adhere to the employer’s health and safety policies;
- to make proper use of any personal protective equipment;
- to report any injuries, strains or illnesses you may have suffered as a result of your work; and
- to tell your employer of any health-related issue that may affect your work performance (for example, becoming pregnant, taking prescribed medication or suffering an injury) so that the employer can make appropriate adjustments in your working arrangements.