Preventing Workplace Injury: Information for Safety Employees
Businesses of any size whose workers perform manual labour – particularly in the manufacturing industry – are expected to comply with HSE’s regulations regarding workplace safety. Even under the best circumstances, however, routine tasks put workers at some level of risk. According to statistics for the year 2013 (the latest for which data are available), there were:
» 133 workers killed at work
» 629,000 injuries at work reported through the Labour Force Survey
» 28.2 million work days lost due to workplace-related illness and injury
» 14.2 billion spent nationally on work-related illness and injury
While manufacturing concerns have reason to be grateful for the fatalities being so low, the monetary and productivity costs show that there is significant room for improvement where workplace health and safety are concerned.
How can you as a safety representative best address these concerns within your company?
Know & Understand Applicable Laws
First and foremost, know – and fulfil – your responsibilities to workers under the regulations which apply to your position; these will vary depending on whether you are a trade union-appointed safety representative.
Listen to your People
In either case, involving workers in the risk management process is key to preventing both major and minor work-related illnesses and injury. Who better to consult on these issues than those who are most likely to find themselves in harm’s way if issues go unresolved? Listen to the valuable information workers can provide, and advocate for their health and safety by following up on potential and actual health and safety issues identified by staff.
Document all Incidents
Since it is virtually impossible to prevent every work-related illness and injury, it is of paramount importance that reporting be thorough and accurate as set forth under RIDDOR. Safety representatives and company management must fully document every such incident not only out of concern for legality, but also to ensure that the health and safety needs of the affected employee(s) continue to be met following the incident.
Provide Safety Work Gear
If it is your responsibility to order standard personal protective equipment for employees, then keep an up-to-date inventory of such supplies as ear plugs, hard hats, face masks, welding gloves and other forms of PPE that are specific to your industry and plan to reorder supplies periodically before any run out. Keep in mind that hard hats have an expiry date, and place orders to replace any unused ones whose expiry date has passed. Any employees whose work may require the use of steel-toed boots should be fitted before their first day on the job so as to avoid delays which could place them at risk.
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