There is a lot more to starting a business than meets the eye. It’s not just a case of offering a product or service that people love, there’s a lot more to being the boss lady – aka a business owner, than that – especially if you’ve got employees to take care of. When it comes to taking care of your employees, one of the most important things is getting health and safety right and knowing what you are and are not liable for, so that you can protect yourself and keep your employees safe while at work. The question is, of course, how should you go about doing that and what exactly are your responsibilities?
You must ensure that the workplace is safe
As the business owner, it’s your job to ensure that the workplace is a safe environment for your employees. This means having regular health and safety audits performed, to ensure that anything that could contribute to an accident, such as a loose stair tread, is brought to your attention. The fact is that if an accident occurs, that could have been prevented, then in most instances, you will be to blame. Say, for example, there is a hot tap in the ladies restroom that produces scalding hot water, it’s crucial that there is a sign in place warning your employees of that. By putting a sign in place, you’ve warned your employees of the danger and that they use the tap at their own risk. However, if you fail to put a sign in place and someone gets burnt, you could be held responsible.
Health and safety training for your team is crucial
When it comes to workplace health and safety, one of the most important things is that each and every member of your team undergoes health and safety training. This means that before they start their job, each team member spends some time undergoing training that ensures they know how to stay safe while at work, including what potential dangers there are and how to avoid them, such as by wearing protective clothing. You can opt to send them to a specialist center for training, or there are online courses that you could use instead, depending on your budget. As well as teaching staff how to prevent accidents, it’s also important to ensure that they know what to do in the case of an accident or injury. For example, say someone slips and slices open their leg, you need to have people in the office who know what to do, which is why each department needs a trained first aider. You should also be trained in first aid. If you’ve got any specialist equipment in place, such as an auto-injector for adrenaline or an automatic external defibrillator, then you and each first aider must be trained in how to use the equipment. That way, should it ever need to be used, you can use it safely and effectively.
You need to ensure that there is an accident book in place
As the boss, it’s your job to ensure that there is an accident book in place at your workplace. This is a book where each and every accident or injury needs to be logged, from a sliced finger to a more serious injury like a broken leg, each and every issue must be logged – it’s against the law not to keep note.
It’s important to understand that as the boss, it’s your job to keep your employees safe while they are at work. This means ensuring that there is adequate first aid equipment in place, trained first aiders on hand at all times and that all employees know how to keep themselves safe while at work.