As the owner of a business, you have a legal and moral responsibility to protect your workers from illness or injury whilst they are at work. This means implementing a watertight health and safety policy, conducting a full risk assessment on the premises and ensuring all employees undergo health and safety training.
This sounds like a lot of work, but it is very important that you do everything you can to comply with government regulations. There is a way, however, that implementing health and safety policy can be made a little easier. The solution is to involve your employees and encourage them to take an active role in making the workplace safer.
How workers can get involved
Involving workers in health and safety is all about effective two-way communication, where both you and your employees:
• Discuss health and safety issues
• Share views and information
• Raise concerns and listen to the concerns of others
• Solve problems together
• Make decisions together
From a business point of view, involving workers in health and safety can have three main benefits. It can:
1. Raise standards, so that you fully comply with legislation
2. Improve performance
3. Make the workplace safer overall, helping to reduce accidents and injuries