With employees having access to legal aid, and accountability being a hot topic, you need to do everything you can to protect your staff. Most countries have got stringent laws in place to cover staff. So, wherever you are, your staff need to be safe.
Of course, you should also care about your staff. That should be reason enough to protect them. The staff is unlikely to work as hard as they otherwise would if they feel unsafe at work. To help you to understand some of the areas that you need to be weary of, this post will give you some answers.
In most places, employers are responsible for what their workers wear on the job. The law in your area will state exactly what equipment is required for certain jobs. For example, a lot of heavy lifting around machinery will require steel capped boots and metatarsal guards. You will need to provide whatever equipment your staff need. Use logic when choosing equipment for your staff. Make sure that whatever you buy is as suitable as possible to the job and the conditions it will be used in. You are also responsible for making sure that your staff wears their safety clothing properly. Make sure that staff is trained, and make sure that you have paperwork to prove they know how to use the gear.
The Environment They Work In
Your workers’ environment is also your responsibility. Of course, in some roles, the environment is naturally dangerous. In these cases, it is your responsibility to avoid unnecessary safety risks. This would include anything from items in walkways to untrained staff using heavy equipment. You can have another company assess your health and safety, and make sure that any issues are resolved before they become an actual problem.
To a certain extent, you also need to make sure that your staff is safe around each other. If you have staff that works alone together, you should ideally perform criminal record checks. A sexual offender, for example, wouldn’t be a good staff member to have alone with children. You should also have open policies in place so that people can talk to you if they feel threatened. Along with this, you should also be observant to make sure that your staff is behaving. Bullying in workplaces is, unfortunately, very common. It can be hard to recognize it, but it’s very important to monitor. If your staff are unhappy, they won’t be able to work hard for you, and they’ll eventually leave.
Working on these areas will help you to avoid nasty legal disputes and court cases, as well as loss of staff. Make sure that you do your own research to make sure that you’re complying with the health and safety laws that apply to you. It doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile in these areas. It only shows that you’ve put extra effort into making sure that your staff is looked after.