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Why employers must ensure health and safety procedures in the workplace are in place

Updated: Mar 16, 2020


The law states that employers must abide by all health and safety legislation and this is for a number of reasons:

1. An employee has the right to work in an environment that is safe and secure so that their health and well-being is not adversely affected.

2. Employers must provide employees with information regarding safety regulations in order that they will know what to do if there is a fire in the workplace or an accident occurs.

3. Legislation demands that employers provide their employees with information about health hazards as well as their safety procedures in order that their employees are fully protected from all dangers.

4. If the employer does not inform their staff and follow health and safety procedures, they may have penalties imposed on them.

Why would an employer want to follow health and safety procedures?

  • Workers will be more motivated and enjoy better fob satisfaction and so they may be less employee absenteeism.

  • A safe and healthy environment will mean that employees will carry out their tasks more efficiently and therefore enhance profit for the business.

  • Employees will feel safe and secure in a health and safety environment and as a result of this they will produce more work and ultimately this will mean more profits for their employer.

What health and safety procedures could an employer could put in place to safeguard their employees?

  • An employer could inform employees through posters, leaflets and talks of health and safety procedures to make them aware of dangers in the workplace.

  • An employer could provide protective clothing and safety equipment so that employees can carry out their work safely.

  • An employer could ensure that employees have adequate heating, lighting and toilet facilities so that they feel comfortable in their work.

  • An employer could have regular fire drills so that employee know what they need to do in the event of a fire in the workplace.

  • An employer could inform staff of where the first aid equipment is so that staff know where it is for if they may need it.






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