How to ensure the workplace safety of your industrial unit

By on Jul 7, 2016 in Blog, Industrial Flooring | 0 comments

As an employer you have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees within the

workplace. This applies to all different kinds of working environments from retail outlets and offices

through to warehouses and factories.

Some of these businesses may be located in industrial units, and whilst many modern units are built

to withstand heavy duty use, this doesn’t mean you can relax when it comes to ensuring workplace

safety. Here’s a few helpful pointers for keeping on top of workplace safety in industrial units that

will make sure you’re providing a safe and healthy working environment and potentially saving time

and money too.

 

Regular maintenance

Every industrial unit or building for that matter, requires regular maintenance to ensure it remains in

good condition and a safe place to work. This is where carrying out regular site inspections

throughout the entire unit will help identify problems quicker and ensure they get fixed right away

and are well maintained.

With industrial units, one of the key areas you should keep a close eye on is the industrial flooring.

Heavy traffic flow and the use of heavy machinery can soon cause wear and tear and result in

damage to the surface of the floor if the appropriate industrial flooring surface isn’t used. Any

concerns should be addressed as soon as possible, as they not only pose health and safety hazard to

workers, but if left untreated these smaller issues can soon grow into bigger more expensive ones.

 

Risk Assessments

Naturally, businesses operations change over time, which can mean that processes and practices

become outdated and can put workers at unnecessary risks. Whatever you’re using your industrial

unit for, whether it’s a retail outlet, production line, workshop or warehouse, it’s always incredibly

important to carry out regular risk assessments that should include electrical, gas and fire safety, as

well as ventilation, machinery and general worker safety.

By conducting frequent risk assessments of your workplace to identify potential hazards you can

implement effective safety procedures to reduce the level of risk and make your workplace a safer

place to be.

 

Emergency Safety

As part of your risk assessment, you should always ensure regular checks relating to emergency

situations and safety, such as first aid response training and fire safety drills and reviews of fire

safety procedures and equipment. This will make sure that all staff are up to date with what to do in

the event of a fire or workplace emergency. and that the procedures are up to date and relevant at

all times.

 

Communication

At the core of any workplace safety is good communication from the top level all the way down. By

establishing a good line of open communication with your employees regarding health and safety

and other matters, as well as involving them in the process, you will find people will be more inclined

to adhere and adopt safe working measures rather than resist them.

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