The Importance of Health and Safety at Work

Growing a business in any sector is a multifarious act, requiring close adherence to legal requirements as well as a keen attention to the adequate implementation of proper working practices. But one corner that is often underestimated by new business owners is that of health and safety – which is also one of the most important parts of any business’ operation. But why?

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Why is Health and Safety an Important Consideration?

Workplace health and safety is a vital consideration for all businesses, for several reasons – but perhaps most prominently, health and safety procedures are a legal requirement. The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) was introduced in 1974, requiring that all businesses recognise their duty of care to employees; later, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 would require specific procedures, including the risk assessment.…

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Creating a Workplace Health Model

In recent months, you might be up at night, thinking about the biggest mistakes you can make as a business owner.

It turns out that many mistakes are entirely preventable.

Workplace health model

If you’ve been grappling with these concerns, now is a good time to set your course in a more positive direction. In the process, you could just help yourself to some restful nights and rejuvenating sleep.

Set Up a Company-Wide Health Priority

Even if you are a small business owner, keep your eye on the health and welfare of your employees. You don’t have to be a major company to offer health education classes, set up a workplace health model.…

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How to Ensure Your Retail Store is Health and Safety Compliant

Health and safety law extends to all enterprises, no matter how small they are. You are responsible for the health and safety of your retail store.

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It is necessary to take proper precautions to reduce the dangers of occupational accidents and have a safe working atmosphere. All that’s required for many retail stores is a simple set of tasks. This article will walk you through the steps and help you make sure you’ve done everything you can.

Dealing with Wet Floors and Spillages

Wet floors may cause injuries, and your business could be liable by law. So, ensure that you keep your business clean.…

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4 Health and Safety Tips for Small Construction Companies

Whether you have recently started your small construction company or have been well-established for some time, health and safety should always be a top priority. Not only can overlooking health and safety bring about disastrous consequences for you and your team, it could also get you into a lot of legal trouble, including fines that will quickly take a large chunk out of your profits.

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We’ve looked at some of the key health and safety considerations that every small construction company should focus on.

1. Personal Protective Equipment

Whether you are working at height or operating potentially dangerous equipment, investing in the right personal protective equipment (PPE) is a must.…

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs

Workers’ compensation costs extend far beyond the cost of your insurance policy. The costs of a workplace accident also include time lost, attorney fees, disruption to your daily operations and medical costs.

Injuries – no matter how minor or severe – can be time-consuming and costly for any business.

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Here are four ways you can reduce workers’ compensation costs.

1. Make Safety a Priority

Failure to make safety a priority can lead to more accidents and higher workers’ compensation costs.

Instead of looking at safety as an expensive choice, look at it as an essential part of your company’s mission and daily practice.…

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Healthy and Safe: How to Protect Your Employees in the Workplace

Safety in the workplace starts at the top and if owners and managers recognize and acknowledge the need for a proactive and vigilant approach to keeping their employees away from danger and serious injury it will help improve the odds of avoiding an incident.

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Here is a look at some of the steps you can take to maintain a good health and safety workplace profile, including an overview of one of the most common types of injury, why you can’t afford to be complacent about injuries in an office setting, plus an insight into some hidden dangers to be wary of.…

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3 Things Business Owners Must Do to Avoid Premises Liability Claims

Most business owners are well aware that they have a duty to provide a safe environment for customers or clients. While slips and falls are the primary concern for business owners, liability extends to other types of injuries, and they can be held responsible for injuries to workers and just about anyone else who lawfully steps onto the property.

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Along with slips and falls, business owners can also be held liable for:

  • Merchandise or equipment injuring a customer
  • An employee or customer assaulting another customer
  • Hazardous waste running off the business’ property onto a neighboring property

The list of potential risks is extensive, which is why business owners must remain vigilant in minimizing the risks of premises liability claims.…

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When OSHA Visits: Smart Ways to Handle Your Company’s Citation

If you’ve been notified of an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you need to respond quickly. You also need to know how to prepare your employees for any questions they may be asked by an OSHA inspector. Here’s how to handle your company’s possible citation.

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Talk to Your Attorney

If your company has received notice of an OSHA inspection, you should consult with an attorney right away. Your lawyer will help you gather the information you need to prepare for the investigation.

Greeting the Inspector

The inspector will arrive at the company and present his or her credentials.…

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4 Health and Safety Risks When Finding an Office (and How to Look for Them)

Finding an office comes with many requirements. Layout, size and location are things you have to think about. But all of these are secondary to making sure the office is safe to work in. If you haven’t started looking at offices at all, a helpful office relocation guide might be needed. When you’re ready, here are the 5 most important health and safety risks to be aware of before you sign the dotted line.

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Asbestos

Even though asbestos was banned in the 1990s, asbestos-related disease still kills more people per year than car accidents. If your potential new office was built before the year 2000, there is at least a 50% chance it contains asbestos.…

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Does Working From Home Negatively Impact Your Health?

Working from home is the dream, isn’t it? The flexibility, comfort of your own surroundings and ability to alter your hours as you please is a big temptation for many of us. Why wouldn’t you want to work from home? You won’t need to face that dreaded 6am alarm, ghastly commute and having to stand for an hour on a train which costs you £500 per month. The advantages are never-ending. Well, so it seems at first glance.

Work from home

A study by Timothy Golden revealed a different perspective on the matter. The findings highlighted that working from home can have a negative effect on both your physical and mental health.…

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