Health & Safety: Made Simple
This is our first in a series of articles helping to make essential Health & Safety concepts simpler. Over the next few weeks we plan to cover a variety of topics such as Health & Safety policies, managing risks of your business, providing training, talking to and consulting your employees and many other important factors.
When it comes to Health & Safety, employers have first, a set of things they must consult their employees about, and second, a set of duties.
General duties of an employer
Make the workplace safe
Make the premises and any machinery safe
Ensure safe methods of work are established and followed
Make sure items are used, moved and stored safely
Provide satisfactory welfare facilities
Give information, training and supervisor need for Health & Safety
Who will help with your duties?
As a manager, director or employer you must appoint a competent person to help to help you meet these duties. This person should have the necessary knowledge and skills to manage Health & Safety.
You should appoint anyone, or combination of the following;
One or more of your employees
An external Health & Safety Representative
You will most likely manage most aspects of your business yourself, and with the aid of your employees. However if you are not confident of your ability to manage all Health & Safety in-house, you are required to use some external help or advice.
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