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Health and Safety Media

Health and safety is the most important aspect of any business and ensuring that all staff, colleagues and customers are kept safe at all times is vital. At ELO Media we produce a range of bespoke health and safety media solutions that are designed to help companies train and educate staff on the core health and safety competences; these include staff induction videos, health and safety videos and e-learning as well as a full range of supporting safety media such as animated explainer videos.

Avoid These Costly Health and Safety Mistakes in the Workplace

Whether you’re a health and safety manager for a small business or a large corporation, it’s important to be aware of the most common health and safety mistakes so that you can avoid them in your own workplace. Here are four of the most costly mistakes to watch out for.

1. Not Conducting Regular Safety audits

Conducting regular safety audits is one of the most important aspects of keeping your workplace safe. By identifying potential hazards and addressing them before they cause an accident, you can save your company a lot of money in workers’ compensation claims, medical expenses, and lost productivity. Unfortunately, far too many businesses don’t conduct safety audits on a regular basis, if at all. Make sure you’re not one of them.

2. Not Providing Adequate Training

Another common mistake is failing to provide adequate training to employees on health and safety procedures. Even if your workplace is relatively safe, accidents can still happen if employees don’t know how to properly handle equipment or perform tasks safely. In addition to increasing the risk of accidents, inadequate training can also lead to expensive workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits. Make sure your employees are properly trained on health and safety procedures before they start work, and that they receive periodic refresher training as needed.

3. Failing to Follow up on Safety Concerns

If an employee raises a safety concern, it’s important to take it seriously and follow up accordingly. Often, employees are reluctant to speak up about potential hazards for fear of retribution or being seen as a troublemaker. However, if you want to create a truly safe workplace, it’s essential that employees feel comfortable bringing up any concerns they may have. When an employee does raise a concern, be sure to thank them for their input and take action to correct the hazard if it’s warranted.

Failing to follow up on safety concerns can have dire consequences. One well-known example is the Buncefield Oil Terminal in Hertfordshire, in which an explosion injured 43 people. The explosion was partially caused by the failure of plant managers to follow up on safety concerns that had been raised by employees. By taking employee concerns seriously and following up accordingly, you can help prevent accidents and save lives.

4. Relying on Safety Equipment Alone

Safety equipment is an important part of any workplace safety program, but it’s not enough on its own. Employees need to be properly trained in how to use the equipment, and they also need to be diligent about using it correctly every time they perform a task. Additionally, safety equipment needs to be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that it’s in good working order. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that buying some new safety equipment will automatically make your workplace safer; you need to have a comprehensive approach that includes training, inspection, and maintenance..

A safe workplace is essential for any business or organisation; however, achieving true safety requires more than just compliance with regulations. It’s important to be proactive about identifying potential hazards in your workplace and taking steps to mitigate them before they cause an accident or incident. By conducting regular safety audits, providing adequate training, following up on concerns raised by employees, and maintaining a comprehensive approach to safety, you can help keep your workplace safe for everyone involved.

Our health and safety media products covers all H&S topics such as display screen equipment (DSE), slips trips and falls, manual handling, fire safety, evacuation, COSHH, vehicle movements and warehouse safety, office safety, lone and home working, hazards, contractor safety and visitor safety to name just a few. Our experience in producing highly effective bespoke health and safety media has made us the first choice for many companies – we offer a professional, friendly and affordable service delivering effective and persuasive health and safety media.

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