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How to Establish a Safe and Compliant Workplace

Posted on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 03:55PM by Artful Lodger
While the fact that UK businesses are feeling confident in the current economic climate should be considered as a positive development, it is important to sound a note of caution. More specifically, it is crucial that business-owners adopt a responsible approach to commercial spending, and strive to invest in areas that can genuinely help their ventures to expand. This requires both patience and knowledge, while it is also necessary for entrepreneurs to maintain a strategic overview of their business for a prolonged period of time.

How to Establish a Safe and Compliant Workspace

Given the fact that the current economic recovery may not continue indefinitely, it is particularly important that business-owners establish a safe and compliant workspace. This lends itself to positive workplace morale, while also ensuring that businesses can avoid the threat of injury and potentially damaging lawsuits. Consider the following steps towards achieving this goal: -

Recognise the Key Workplace Dangers

As a starting point, it is important to recognise the key dangers in the contemporary workplace. Asbestos remains a prominent modern example, as it is a construction material that features in a range of older buildings and has been linked with causing long-term lung damage. Not only does its presence place the lives of employees at risk, but it also increases the risk that you will face lawsuits from disgruntled family members at some point in the future. It is therefore your responsibility as an employer to understand and adhere to strict industry guidelines, so visit the Asbestos Management Services website to find out more.

Consider the Layout of your Workspace


Every office or commercial space has its own unique layout,and this in itself can cause health and safety issues for business-owners. Even something as trivial as an exposed wire can create major headaches, whether an employee trips and injures themselves or suffers a minor electric shock. Either way, you may well be financially liable as the employer, so it is in your best interests to inspect your workspace and take practical steps towards minimising risk. This may require an initial financial outlay, but this investment will more than repay itself over a prolonged period of time.

Create a Culture of Safety in the Workplac
e

As an employer, you can take multiple proactive steps towards safeguarding your staff and their working environment. Unfortunately, this means little unless you teach your staff to adopt a responsible approach towards safety, and create a culture that empowers them to make sound and sensible decisions. By sharing the problems caused by health and safety violations and their impact on the business, you can ensure that your carefully taken measures have the most positive effect imaginable.


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