As a business owner, it’s your legal obligation to make health and safety part of the day-to-day running of your business. Good health and safety practices give you peace of mind and workers are likely to be more productive when they know they can trust that you will listen to their concerns.
It’s up to you and your leadership team, if you have one, to create a positive culture and lead by example. Good leaders clearly communicate health and safety goals so everyone is in the loop. Establish clear procedures that help your workers to know ‘how we do things around here’. Your workers need to know about the procedures and understand them.
Get your team actively involved in all aspects of your health and safety plan, including identifying risks, investigating incidents, and taking part in training and ongoing planning.
All health and safety programmes should be prepared with people at the forefront of the mind. Ensure your staff receive proper treatment and rehabilitation if they have an injury or fall ill at work.
Your mouth is one of the best bits of safety gear you’ve got. Speak up if you see something’s not right and do everything you can to ensure your workers feel they can speak up too.