Abiding by health and safety laws and regulations within your workplace is exceptionally important.There are many guidelines to follow and they have all been created for a reason.Keeping your staff,customers and other people who may be affected by your business safe should be the number one concern for any management team,especially in the recent culture of ‘where there’s a blame,there’s a claim.’
This culture has in turn led to even more stringent health and safety regulations being introduced, which some people may see as extremely limiting.However, no matter what your opinion of them, as a company it is your duty to protect your people.
As well as following the correct employment law, following regulations to keep your staff and customers safe is one of the most important roles as a manager.There are many tasks that you must undertake and keep on top of,from making sure you complete risk assessments to understanding the RIDDOR reporting procedures.Spending a little time regularly making sure you are following all requirements and all your policies are up to date can save you from a disaster in the future.
Although spending time on such tasks as implementing policies and employment law can seem like a waste of time, the truth is if it saves you from being sued or ending up in court you will be very thankful that you did your checks.
Far too many companies do not realise the tasks they have to undertake to make sure that their place of work is a safe environment. Just because you wrote a policy once when you first opened ten years ago, this does not mean you are still protected. So get researching today, and make sure you are doing all you can to provide a safe working environment.