Health & Safety basics

04 Jan 2021

Simple Steps for Health and Safety

The following are the basic steps companies can follow for health and safety in the workplace.

  • Appoint a competent person

Choose an appropriate staff member to help you manage health and safety in your business

  • Prepare a health and safety policy

This is very important it helps you manage health and safety

  • Risk assessment

Risk assessment is a means to identify hazards and assess risks at work

  • Consult your workers

Involve your workers in the process and inform them about health and safety

  • Provide information and training

Tell your workers what their health and safety duties are and train them on how to fulfil those duties

  • Have appropriate workplace facilities

Have toilets, washbasins and other welfare facilities workers need

  • First aid in work

Ensure that first aid kits are available and easily accessible. Have relevant advice on your first aid kit, train workers on first aid and appoint first aiders

  • Display the law poster

You must display the poster or give workers the equivalent leaflet both of which should depict relevant laws

  • Get insurance for your business

Find out why you may need employers’ liability insurance and take steps to get the insurance.

  • The law

In addition to the Health and Safety at Work Act, both criminal and civil law apply to workplace health and safety

  • Report accidents and illness

You must report certain injuries, near-misses and work-related illnesses to HSE