Health and safety is an extremely important aspect of running any successful business so it is extremely important that your company maintains a policy that covers every aspect of the business.

This policy is changeable depending on the type of business that you have, with office-based businesses obviously requiring a completely different set of rules and regulations to companies that operate heavy machinery or maintain a warehouse.
As such, it can sometimes be quite difficult to determine exactly what guidelines need to placed into your policy. After all, you aren’t going to need information about how to properly handle heavy goods if your employees are working at a computer desk all day.

These guide aims to shine a little bit of a flashlight in the general direction of health and safety policies to give you an idea of how to implement them for various work situations.
Office
Office work and safety is generally a fairly simple in comparison to other forms of work. Proper computer use and posture is important, so you will need to ensure that everybody is sat correctly when at their computer and they take regular breaks, with recommendations generally being about five to ten minutes for every hour.
You will also need to make sure that work desks aren’t cluttered with paper wherever possible and that any anomalies, such as broken light bulbs or trip hazards on the floor, are dealt with in the appropriate manner. Finally, ensure that everybody is aware of the relevant fire and first aid personnel and you are most of the way to having a good policy.
Food Preparation
When it comes to working with food you not only have your employee’s health and safety to consider but also the health and safety of those you are serving to. Ensure that all employees are up-to-date with the latest hygiene regulations in regards to disposal of waste and preparation of food.
Furthermore only those who are trained should operate more complex machinery and cutting tools. Allowing people who are not trained to operate either could leave the company liable for compensation payments should something unfortunate happen to the worker.
Warehouses
Warehouses generally lack visibility and, in many cases, will see a number of people at a time operating heavy machinery such as forklifts and ladders. Ensure that employees wear high visibility gear and hard hats at all times so that they are protected from falling objects and can be seen by their fellow employees.
This is especially important when you take forklift drivers into account, who have to ensure they operate their vehicle safely. If all employees are visible to them there is far less possibility of an accident occurring.

On top of this, your drivers should be properly trained in the operation of their forklifts and the various safety precautions that they need to take when operating them in populated areas. Having special lanes dedicated to them can help save a lot of hassle.
Those are just a couple of areas of health and safety to consider, however there are many more. Ensure you have a trained professional look over your policy before implementation to ensure that nothing has been missed.

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