Safety in the Workplace
Workplace safety checklist
We’ve created a simple checklist for employers, and employees, to help you improve the safety standards in your place of work.
Read on to find out the costs of workplace injuries, and to understand your rights and responsibilities, and your employer’s responsibilities in your workplace.
Work related injuries are costly; know your rights & responsibilities
Over 36 million UK working days are lost each year due to work-related accidents and ill health.
There are also around 350 fatalities to workers and members of the public due to reportable accidents at work, according to RoSPA.
As a result, thousands of pounds of compensation is awarded each year to employees making work accident claims.
Clearly, it makes sense for employers to take care of their employees’ health and well-being wherever possible. This includes being aware of the laws and regulations put in place to keep you, and your colleagues, safe.
Responsibilities for Employers
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) set out a series of expectations for both employers and employees.
Your employer is responsible for:
- Maintaining safe work processes
- Removing health and safety risks where possible
- Providing the correct training
Your employer must also maintain a safe working environment. This means providing any facilities that are necessary for the welfare of their employees and allowing clear access to emergency exits. For example, if you work in healthcare, your employer should provide the correct disposal equipment for needles and contaminated equipment so that you’re not at risk of a needlestick injury.
The HSWA has shaped our current understanding of what is an acceptable practice for health and safety at work in the UK.
Responsibilities for Employees
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) states that employees must be actively involved in creating a safe and secure environment for work. It states that employees must take reasonable care over their own health and safety.
There is a system of ‘self-regulation’ in the UK, where trade union representatives are responsible for liaising with employers in order to provide a safe environment.
Statement of Health and Safety Policy
Your employer must have a Health and Safety Policy. This should include written details of their health and safety practices and be revised as necessary.
If your employer has fewer than five employees, then they do not need a Health and Safety Policy. However, your employer must still provide health and safety training relevant to your role and workplace.
Your employer must make sure you and your colleagues are aware of the health and safety requirements for your workplace. This includes providing training and supervision when necessary.
The Health and Safety at Work Act states that it is an employer’s responsibility to ‘provide such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of their employees.’
It is necessary to provide this information to visitors, contractors and sub-contractors, as well as to employees.
Your employer must regularly speak with safety representatives to investigate any safety concerns raised by employees in your workplace.
If two or more safety representatives ask for it, the employer is required to establish a ‘health and safety committee’, to observe the health and safety practices within your company.
For more information on workplace safety, please visit the Health and Safety Executive website.
Think you might have a claim?
If you think you might have a work accident claim, we can help.
If your employer has failed to provide you the correct training, or not made sure that your workplace is safe, then you might have a claim for compensation.
Call us for free on 0800 540 4258 or complete your details in the form below to find out if you’re eligible for compensation.
You’ll speak to one of our advisors who will listen to your accident and ask you details about your injury. If they think you have a claim, they’ll let you know and advise you of the next steps towards the compensation you deserve.