young business man taking notes isolated on whiteAbc Safety Services are passionate about ensuring that each business is fully protected; that is why prior to carrying out any audits for you we will visit your organisation so that we fully understand your business and the procedures/practices you currently have in place.

We will then carry out a full audit of your documentation and working practices, compiling a full and easy to follow report which will be illustrated with photographs where applicable.

Provide the right workplace facilities

You must protect the safety and health of everyone in your workplace, including people with disabilities, and provide welfare facilities for your employees.

Basic things you need to consider are outlined below.

Welfare facilities

For your employees’ well-being you need to provide:

  • toilets and hand basins, with soap and towels or a hand-dryer;
  • drinking water;
  • a place to store clothing (and somewhere to change if special clothing is worn for work);
  • somewhere to rest and eat meals.

Health issues

To have a healthy working environment, make sure there is:

  • good ventilation – a supply of fresh, clean air drawn from outside or a ventilation system;
  • a reasonable working temperature (usually at least 16°C, or 13°C for strenuous work, unless other laws require lower temperatures);
  • lighting suitable for the work being carried out;
  • enough room space and suitable workstations and seating;
  • a clean workplace with appropriate waste containers.

Safety issues

To keep your workplace safe you must:

  • properly maintain your premises and work equipment;
  • keep floors and traffic routes free from obstruction;
  • have windows that can be opened and also cleaned safely;
  • make sure that any transparent (e.g. glass) doors or walls are protected or made of safety material.

For more detailed information and guidance, give us a call.

Make arrangements for first aid, accidents and ill health

First aid

You must have first-aid arrangements in your workplace.

You are responsible for making sure that your employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. Accidents and illness can happen at any time and first aid can save lives and prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.

Your arrangements will depend on the particular circumstances in your workplace and you need to assess what your first-aid needs are.

As a minimum, you must have:

  • a suitably stocked first-aid box;
  • an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements;
  • information for all employees giving details of first-aid arrangements.

You might decide that you need a first-aider. This is someone who has been trained by an approved organisation and holds a qualification in first aid at work or emergency first aid at work.

Accidents and ill health

Under health and safety law, you must report and keep a record of certain injuries, incidents and cases of work-related disease.

Keeping records will help you to identify patterns of accidents and injuries, and will help when completing your risk assessment. Your insurance company may also want to see your records if there is a work-related claim.

What you should be checking:

Display the Health & Safety Law Poster.

Get the correct Insurance Cover for your Business.

Keep up to date.

Following news and events in your industry will help your health and safety policies and risk assessments up to date.

We can help you keep up to date with regular correspondence such as newsletter and e-updates