Health and safety is a very important part of the HR function of your business. However, many small businesses tend to overlook its importance and fail to have a structured health and safety plan in place.
Maintaining health and safety in the workplace is legally required of all businesses, regardless of size and number of employees. “Health and safety law does apply to all businesses, regardless of size, and as an employer, you are required to maintain responsibility of the health and safety of your employees within your business. This means implementing and taking the correct precautions to eliminate or reduce hazards within the working environment and to keep your office safe for all,” says Cindy Lovell from Alcumus Group.
HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS FROM AN HR CONSULTANT
Assign a health and safety leader
This person needs to have experience in this area and have the competence to perform all required duties. Many organizations, to ensure they are complying with all health and safety regulations, hire an HR consultant to manage this HR function.
Have a formal health and safety policy
Write a health and safety policy for your business and keep it in a location where it can be accessed by your employees. Make sure to review and update your policy regularly.
Perform a risk assessment
There are risks in all businesses, and performing a risk assessment will bring to light potential hazards. Include your employees in the assessment, identify hazards, outline the potential impact, establish precautions to prevent these hazards from becoming an issue, record and implement your plan.
Provide health and safety training to your staff
All employees should take part in formal health and safety training. Ongoing training will ensure they are aware of potential risks and know how to deal with them should they arise.
Assess your business insurance
It’s important to make sure your business insurance policy protects your business from the potential risks and hazards to your business. Make sure you have adequate liability insurance and other coverage to protect your company.
Keep up to date with compliance
Health and safety rules and regulations change over time. It is your duty as a company to make sure you are in compliance with these laws. This is something an HR consultant can help you with.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.