As a business owner, health and safety is extremely important within your business, it reduces the risk of injuries or fatalities and creates a safe and happy place for everyone to work – but sadly health and safety in the workplace isn’t quite as easy as that. As a business owner you have legal responsibilities to protect yourself, your employees, customers and visitors when in your business.
Your Health and Safety responsibilities include providing all employees with a written health and safety statement, when you have employed five or more people. It is also your responsibility to ensure that the equipment you provide is maintained and safe at all times, provide any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and that you provide any necessary training.
You will also need to appoint a competent person to assist with health and safety as well as the planning, control, organisation, monitoring and regular reviewing of health and safety measures in your business.
Regular risk assessments will also need to be carried out as part of your health and safety responsibilities and you will need to establish emergency procedures for if an emergency does take place. For example, all your employees must know what to do in the event of a fire. Here at aspire cambridge, we understand that business owners do not always go into business understanding what their health and safety legal responsibilities are or, put it at the top of their to do list. We also know that health and safety is often one of the biggest bug-bears for many business owners but the consequences of not having the correct health and safety procedures in place can be truly devastating..
A serious injury or even death could see the HSE closing your business, issuing hefty fines or sometimes even imprisonments.
You can find more information and guidance on the HSE website or if you would like help keeping your business compliant while protecting the health and safety of everyone then please contact us direct on 01223 855440 and we can help get your business health and safety compliant.