27 April 2016

With World Day for Safety and Health at Work later this week (28 April) and headlines reporting that the owner of Alton Towers faces a huge fine for safety breaches, a new survey suggests that a significant number of employees think that more could be done to make work safer.

In fact, according to building maintenance specialists Direct365, a third of people in the UK believe that their employer could be doing more to improve health and safety in the workplace.

Ensuring that all the equipment in an office or workplace is both working and compliant with the right regulations should be a high priority for employers, Head of Digital at Direct365, Phil Turner, advises.

Conducting regular checks around the office is a simple way for businesses to steer clear of potential accidents, he points out.

Joining the debate, Phil Banks, Managing Director of Health and Safety Training Ltd, said that companies who hire from outside the UK should take steps to ensure everyone understands the rules and the part they play in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

It also makes sense to prepare for the worst, according to Jess Penny, General Manager of Sales at Penny Hydraulics, who recommends that businesses need to plan in advance for every eventuality.

"Have a concrete action plan for as many potential accident and emergency scenarios as possible," she said, "this will include an order of the events that need to take place in the event of each emergency scenario. In a panicked situation, people need to know what they are required to do and in what order."

Full details of the World Day, which this year focuses on workplace stress, can be found here.