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Why is workplace safety important?

Workplace safety is important for more than just the obvious reasons. It’s essential to make sure that everyone is aware of dangers in the workplace and how to perform safety procedures. This will prevent unnecessary injuries because the responsibility of safety is shared by everyone who is present.

A safe workplace isn’t just about ticking boxes. The process itself will result in happier and more productive employees who will have more confidence in their daily tasks and activities. This goes a long way in improving morale and encouraging a healthy working environment.

From an employer’s point of view, you will have healthier employees and therefore fewer days off due to sickness or injury. This all comes from a thorough risk assessment and taking the necessary measures to ensure safety in the workplace.

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What are the 10 rules for workplace safety?

Every workplace is unique, so making unfortunately there aren’t just one or two things we can do to make sure every office is safe. Ensuring health and safety is a big task, so we’ve broken it down into 10 key rules for workplace safety.

  • Use tools, equipment and machines properly
  • Report any unsafe conditions
  • Wear all necessary safety gear
  • Practice good posture when sitting or lifting
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Take regular breaks
  • Don’t take shortcuts
  • Stay up to date with new safety procedures
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep your workplace clean and free of clutter

Some of these rules are down to an individual to monitor and stay aware of. But as a general rule, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility. By being aware of your surroundings and the conditions around you, you can make the workplace safer not only for yourself but for your employees as well.

What are the next steps for workplace safety?

If you haven’t got a thorough list of procedures to ensure safety in your workplace, now is the best time to address it. The first step is a risk assessment and a review of your health and safety regulations. This will help identify hazards and will set you up for the next stage, which is implementing a plan to minimise or eliminate any potential risks.