New Year Health & Safety Resolutions

Compliplus resolutions 2020January is traditionally a quiet time of year for many businesses so it's a good time of year to review your staff training and compliance documentation for the year ahead. 

Staff training

Review staff training records to see if staff have training requirements and schedule these in before the annual leave calendar fills up or other constraints impact the time needed for training. Be aware of the training required for each staff member and if their training needs have changed in the past year. Know the legal requirements on the business for training, for example, First Aid Training. 

As an employer it is your duty to provide training for your staff, and the benefits are clear;

  • Staff are protected from workplace accidents and ill health.
  • Reduced absences and sick leave due to workplace accidents and incidents.
  • Improved staff retention.
  • Reputational risk is reduced.
  • Increased productivity and profits.
  • Reduced insurance premiums and legal costs from claims etc.

Safety Statements

The HSA recommends that Safety Statements be updated at least annually and whenever work practices or legislation changes. Legislation relating to Health & Safety is constantly changing and your Safety Statement should reflect the most up to date position. We would advise you to review your Safety Statement and update this for 2020 to ensure best working practice. 

Risk Assessments

As with Safety Statements, a Risk Assessment is a compulsory document in any business. A Risk Assessment helps you identify workplace hazards or risks and develop a plan to either reduce or eliminate these risks. An up to date and correctly completed Risk Assessment can help protect your business from liability and keep your staff safe. Our online training tutorial is available to assist your staff in completing Risk Assessments. Delegates trained effectively in Risk Assessment Procedure will produce effective Risk Assessments. For more information on the online risk assessments course click here