Creating a Low Risk Workplace

Everyone who goes to work should feel safe, and all employers should do their utmost to protect staff from things that might cause them harm. Being killed or injured whilst at work is not something that is commonplace nowadays, although accidents do happen from time to time, it is the responsibility of the employer to reduce the risk of accidents happening in the workplace.

It is important for employers to recognise the risks and do their best to put processes into place to reduce them. There are some risks that are specific to certain working environments and others that can occur anywhere.

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Fire is a good example of a risk in the workplace. Of course, certain workplaces, such as those that handle flammable materials are at much higher risk, but a fire can break out pretty much anywhere if the conditions are right. This is why fire risk assessments, the right training for staff so that they know what to do in the event of a fire, and equipment like alarms, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are a crucial part of every workplace.

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Some workplaces have more specific risks – for example, in a healthcare environment, staff should attend clinical training courses like this that prepare them for dealing with medical issues.

If you are in an environment where you people are required to use certain types of machinery, it is essential that all staff are correctly trained and know how to use it safely before being allowed to operate it.

Matthew Olson

Matt McGrath is a travel blogger and writer in the blogging community who has been to more than 50 countries. He loves exploring new cultures, but also likes sharing practical tips with his followers about how they can easily afford this exploration!

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