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Keeping your staff healthy – key precautions to take

Taking precautions to ensure staff are happy and healthy in the workplace means that they are not only protected from injury and long term health issues but that your business is also covered in terms of risk and prevention of hazards.

If you’re wondering what is best to implement in your place of work, to ensure staff are healthy, here are the key ones to factor in:

Access to hand cleaning stations

Whether this is strong soap in the toilets or hand sanitizer dispensers located around the workplace, it’s important staff can keep their hands clean throughout the day. This ensures germs are not spread, especially in the winter months, cutting down the risk of colds and viruses being shared around the workplace.

Ensure there is first aid in place

It’s important that you have a first aider assigned to every 25 people in a low hazard workplace and one to every five in a high hazard environment. This ensures, should an accident occur, you have a member of staff who can respond quickly, minimising the recovery time of an employee who has been injured and potentially saving lives.

As well as a first aider you should also have a first aid kit in place – you can pick up pre packaged first aid kits online to make this easier – which ensures that people always have access to bandages and plasters.

Keep disinfectant product close by

It’s important that staff have access to basic cleaning products and disinfectant on a day to day basis to keep workplaces clean and uncontaminated – especially when working with food. Ensure staff understand best practices when using chemicals such as bleach and disinfectant to remove the risk of injury and that the right tools are in place to encourage safer practices. For example, you should encourage the use of protective latex or nitrile gloves.

Implement regular health and safety training

Staff should have regular updates on health and safety practices in your workplace, whether this is how to correctly operate machinery to why walkways must be kept clear of trips hazards. Book training days throughout the year, tailored to the job role people have as well as the basic practices they should follow every day. It’s a precaution that not only protects staff who work for you but also your business itself.

Plan regular risk assessments

Risk assessments are essential but as an extra precautionary measure you should book them in regularly – one or two a year is a good idea. These allow you to identify issues in the workplace that could cause an accident or injury and have these rectified before they even happen. You can complete a risk assessment yourself, simply take a look at this guide with five easy steps to follow.

Ensure you have these precautions in place and you should be able to keep on top of any risks and hazards for your workforce, saving you time and money over time as well as protecting those under your care.

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