Business Basics: Health and safety compliance

No matter what business you’re in, complying with health and safety law is a must when you’re working for yourself so that you stay on the right side of the law. Whether you’re growing your business and wondering how your health and safety obligations might change, or you want a refresher on the important things to remember.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the key legislation relating to occupational health and safety in England, Wales and Scotland. It outlines the duties you have as an employer towards your employees and the public, in addition to the duties employees have towards themselves and each other. It also relates to the self-employed. All employers must be compliant with health and safety rules, or your business may face fines or even prosecution. Failing to follow regulations puts everyone at greater risk. Not only is it the law, but non-compliance can be costly. Without effective risk management strategies in place, you may increase your chances of claims against you. Whether it’s slips and trips or accidents with tools, it’s essential to take steps to improve your risk management

What are the most common causes of liability claims?

1) Accidents with machinery, tools or materials
For some businesses, working with machinery and tools is part and parcel of the job, so it’s essential to stay safe.

2) Slips and trips
No matter where you operate, slips and trips are a common risk, from spillages on the shop floor to wires in the office corridors.

3) Struck by object/person
According to the Health and Safety Executive, being injured by a moving object, like a falling object or a cut from a hand knife, accounts for over 10% of major injuries reported in the food and drink industry alone.

4) Lifting
If you or your employees need to lift heavy objects from A to B, following the correct precautions can help to prevent injuries.

It doesn’t have to be risky business with workplace health and safety advice from legal experts, as well as online documentation and on-demand training, you’re in safe hands