It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that keeping up-to-date with changing regulations in the workplace can be rather difficult, especially with 58% of SME owners regarding Health and Safety as a top challenge.
Yet, without the same legal support and advice as larger, well-established businesses, smaller companies can fall victim to breaching health and safety regulations that could result in workplace injuries, prosecution and higher insurance premiums!
As the construction industry is notorious for being vulnerable to certain health and safety risks, it is even more crucial to keep up to date with all H&S regulations, so you can keep your workforce fully protected at all times.
Clean and tidy
The majority of injuries that occur on construction sites are a result of falls, slips and trips that can all be avoided with a little more care and precision. Taking the time to maintain your work site can mean avoiding unnecessary injuries – plus, you should be working in tidy conditions anyway!
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are sufficiently protected with the right uniform. Check HSE regulations to make sure you are fully compliant and your staff are fully protected at all times.
In the unfortunate situation that a fatal or serious injury happens on site, the accident needs to be recorded in a log book. If you’re unsure of how to get started on this, try using a risk assessment template to get an idea.
It’s a fact that risk automatically increases as soon as a piece of equipment is faulty, and faults happen when things aren’t maintained regularly.If an accident were to happen due to a piece of faulty equipment, then the employer would be held liable for this.
Put it to the test
Implementing strategies is all well and good, but how do you know whether they’re working without testing them? So, once you have evaluated the risks in your surrounds and the best way to eliminate these risks, you need to test these strategies on a weekly basis. This can include machinery, fire alarms and detection equipment to name just a few. Again, keep a record when these have been tested.
As a Managing Director or Site Manager, implementing health and safety regulations is great but pointless if you don’t communicate this to the rest of your workforce. Make sure your whole team are informed of each and every regulation you introduce. This will give them an awareness of potential hazards and they will know what to do.
With safety reforms and regulations constantly changing, you will need to keep in the know but also allow for a period of adjustment whilst everyone gets used to the new ways of doing things.
Since October 2012, HSE now operates Fees For Intervention (FFI) whereby, if you were to breach health and safety laws, you will be held liable for the costs for things such as inspection, investigation and enforcement action. So, if you need anymore encouragement and motivation to act now – other than the safety of your employees on site – then let this be it!
So, if you’re in the construction industry, like us, then why not use our helpful guide to get you started on the health and safety challenges that your business may be facing, so you can ensure your employees remain safe and protected when at work!
Drilltec Diamond Drilling
Here at Drilltec Diamond Drilling, we make sure to comply with all official health and safety requirements in order to minimise risk in the workplace. This makes us leaders in health and safety standards within the drilling and demolition industry.
To learn more about our commercial and industrial services, whether it’s drilling, concrete cutting or sawing, simply give us a call today.