In this era full of rapidly developing technology and more demanding jobs than ever, health and safety in the workplace has never been more important. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that 137 employees have died in the workplace over the past year, while the number of injuries to employees at work totalled to 70,116. 31.2m working days were also lost due to work-related illnesses or injuries. There are many laws and legislations in place to help protect employees’ health and safety in the workplace, and it is extremely important that businesses and organisations follow these regulations on a day-to-day basis.
Implementing good health and safety practises into your workplace doesn’t just protect your employees however, it can also help to create a positive environment that encourages and cultivates productivity and economic success within your business too. With this in mind, businesses and organisations should be striving to create a safe and positive working environment that employees can not only survive in but thrive in too. Health and safety should be a major priority for management and HR, and should be a continuous project that is always able to develop.
One company that truly recognises the importance of their staff’s wellbeing is West Midlands based business Winster Ltd. Established in 1949, Winster is the UK’s longest running hose distributor, and is a proud company that works hard to provide the best possible workplace for its employees.
Due to the nature of the business, the warehouse at Winster’s headquarters can create many potential risks. For example, rubber hoses are often very heavy and therefore if mishandled, there is a possibility of injury. As a leading manufacturer and distributor of bulky and heavy products, Winster take plenty of time make sure their staff take care with regards to working with the equipment, particularly when they are at a height. Ladders and racking rules are implemented into the site in order to be pro-active when it comes to any risks of falls or accidents.
SOP’s which stands for Standard Operating Procedures, are regularly revised and staff trained, having these in place ensures that everyone knows what to do if an accident does occur and also teaches staff how to eliminate risks. Risk assessments are all completed by employees each day for each task and all work is done with the support of on-site first aiders. Speaking about the importance of health and safety at Winster Ltd, the company’s Managing Director Val Gardner said “At Winster, we want all our staff to feel safe and comfortable when they are doing their job. As with all workplaces, risks do occur, but we know that by making sure everyone is up-to-date with risks assessments and other bits of information they need to know, staff can still work comfortably and safely.” Winster are continuing to assess their health and safety strategies to ensure they are providing the safest working environment they can for the team.
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