You already know health and safety is important in the workplace. If you don’t, it’s time you went back to the drawing board. One thing’s for sure; if your company is falling slightly short here, you could be in for lawsuits galore. On top of which, your staff may soon lose confidence in you, and even leave for a boss who cares a little more. It’s not what you want.
But, even if you think you’ve got things under control, it’s worth returning to the drawing board with this issue. That’s especially the case if you’re expanding and introducing new machinery into your operations. It’s also down to you to ensure regulations are met and come down hard on colleagues who don’t pay attention to them. And, to help you do that, we’re going to look at a few of the switches you need to flip to keep things as safe as possible.
The first thing you need to worry about is your visibility. When you started out in your home office, a lamp on the desk was all it took. But, if you’re now operating in an industrial setting or a larger office space, you need to switch on those lights. This is especially the case in factories, where colleague visibility is essential.
Hi-vis jackets won’t be much help if no one sees them coming. So, make sure you’re providing adequate and bright lighting. And, though we’re always told to ‘switch off’ our lights, make sure to keep these on all day. The chances are that they’re the only real source of light in the space. Even with windows somewhere, visibility will still be limited in those dark corners. Though you may not think it, this does apply to an office space, too. If a colleague trips over wires because they couldn’t see where they were going, it’s your head on the line.
You also need to think about switching on, or more accurately, off, your machinery. When working with risks like these, it’s essential colleagues have clear and easy access to the on/off switch.
To ensure that happens, it’s worth working with a company who specializes in heavy-duty membrane switch manufacture. That way, there’s no chance of the switch failing at a crucial moment. It’s also down to you to provide emergency stop buttons so any colleague can stop a machine the moment they see danger.
Last, but by no means least, you need to provide alarms and ensure they’re switched on at all times. This includes everything, from fire alarms to security ones. Both of which can go a considerable way towards keeping you and your staff safe.
If a fire breaks out and there’s no alarm system, or your alarms fail to sound, you’re all at significant risk. Not to mention that, if something terrible were to happen, the police wouldn’t hesitate to test this. If your alarm were found to be switch off or without batteries, you’d soon face significant legal action.