5 ways to improve health and safety in the workplace

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As a registered PPE product supplier, we have extensive knowledge of and experience with health and safety guidelines and regulations. Adhering to these guidelines ensures you avoid hefty fines while keeping workers safe and productive. In this post, we share some of the best ways we’ve recognised to improve health and safety in the workplace.

Lead by example

Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to improve health and safety compliance. If workers see management breaking the rules, it sends a message that it’s also okay for them to do so. On the other hand, if workers see managers diligently adhering to regulations, they’re more likely to follow suit. 

The benefit here is that it also puts management in a better position when enforcing health and safety. The last thing you need is workers pointing out that managers don’t follow guidelines when you’re trying to correct or retrain anyone found breaking rules.

Provide the right equipment

If we’re honest, many workers simply want to get on with their job. So, if there’s a lack of health and safety equipment, they may continue working without it. If an employee suffers an accident or injury due to a lack of protective gear, your business may be liable for damages.

Whilst having the right PPE available in the first place should be your first action, you’ll also need to keep supplies topped up. The best way to ensure your employees always have adequate PPE available is to partner with a reliable supplier who delivers fast turnaround times.

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Regular refresher training

While proper training during employee onboarding is crucial, regular refreshing training on health and safety can sometimes get overlooked, often due to time constraints and training managers with hectic schedules. However, refresher training is one of the most effective ways you can increase compliance.

Remember, newly onboarded employees receive lots of new information, so it’s unlikely they’ll remember absolutely everything you teach them. Regular refresher training, quizzes and spot checks will help you avoid this becoming a problem. 

Implement visible workplace signage

The best way to make a message stick is to make it visible. If, for instance, you’re struggling with hard hat compliance, a simple workplace sign in a high footfall area could reduce the problem.

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Conduct regular risk assessments

Workplace’s change regularly. You install new equipment, change layouts and upgrade furnishings. All of these small changes will impact your original risk assessments. For this reason, you should look to regularly conduct new risk assessments to ensure there isn’t an increased risk of accidents or injuries. 

Of course, conducting risk assessments is only half the battle. It’s also important to share any new information with your team and implement any mitigation measures where necessary.