The health and safety of employees is paramount. But how can businesses ensure they keep their employees safe from harm when workplaces are so hectic?
Pallet Truck Shop, one of the leading suppliers of warehouse equipment to a range of businesses, has offered companies in all sectors tips for keeping their staff safe during busy periods.
As one of the leading suppliers of pallet trucks, sack trucks, and accessories, they have worked with companies in almost every sector. Helping them to streamline services with the use of this type of machinery, the experts behind the business have seen first-hand how busy businesses can be. Taking health and safety incredibly seriously, they have decades of experience, so is well-paced to offer business owners and managers tips.
The first thing that needs to be put in place is a safety procedure. For example in businesses that deal with heavy objects, ensuring that employees don’t attempt to lift these without aid or equipment, or for companies that deal with sharp objects, guaranteeing these are not left exposed, are two simple procedures that can save disaster and injury. But of course having a procedure in place is just one half of the story; the other half is making sure every employee knows about it. In this case, regular training, written guidelines, and communication are key.
The next, and one of the most obvious tips, it to not be afraid of signage. Workplaces that boast plenty of signs are always going to be safer than those that don’t. Even with regular training, it can be easy for workers to forget simple things, but signs make these small things hard to forget, so can really make a big difference.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Pallet Truck Shop, said, “All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to health and safety are controlled. And this responsibility lies with employers. Employers have a duty to work for and with their employees on health and safety matters to ensure they are providing the level of care akin to guidelines – and beyond.”
Health and safety is usually part of a manger’s routine, so ensure this is the case. It’s imperative to make sure leaders know the guidelines and processes inside out, but more than this, guarantee they are comfortable with enforcing them. If a worker is seemingly ignoring these guidelines, whoever oversees safety should be happy with enforcing the rules.
The final tip the experts have given is to treat every employee as an individual, with individual needs. “All employees are different, with different strengths and weaknesses,” added Phil. “So to make sure companies keep their employees safe, they must all be taken on merit and cared for accordingly.”