Health and safety management is a challenge for all business owners, but it can be made easier by properly understanding your responsibilities. In the first part of this guide, we looked at a few of the steps business owners and managers must take to manage health and safety. The next few steps you must take include:
- Drawing up a health and safety policy. This will become official company policy, so you must ensure all staff and managers know about it. It will outline the measures the company takes to manage health and safety, as well as what is expected of employees.
- Maintaining work equipment so that it is safe to use. This involves getting all equipment regularly checked and tested by an accident, as well as carrying out regular maintenance and repairs.
- Meeting fire safety regulations. In addition to managing health and safety risks, you must also ensure you meet all fire safety laws within your business. It all starts with carrying out a fire risk assessment, identifying and removing risks and hazards just like in the health and safety assessment. You must also ensure you have the right equipment, such as fire doors, fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and fire safety signage, as well as giving staff fire safety awareness training so that they know what to do and where to go in an emergency.