Reducing dangers in the workplace
Category: Office Commercial Cleaning
If there are obstructions in areas where staff will be working or entering the building, or spillages that create tripping hazards and accidents, then this can have a major impact on the health and productivity of employees.
For that reason, it is essential that, where possible, businesses take steps to eliminate known hazards that endanger staff.
One of the most important ways in which they can do this is by taking a risk assessment. Legally, every organisation should do this.
Risk assessments need to be written down and take into consideration all of the factors which can potentially create issues in the workplace.
So how should organisations go about doing this?
The first thing that employers should do is analyse the obvious risks. For example, these may include things such as broken equipment, or glass, structural defects, spillages and machinery.
But what about those risks which are not as obvious? For example, there have been a number of studies which show that poor air quality can affect a person's health and wellbeing.
Working with excessive noise levels, or in poor quality lighting, has also shown to take their toll on the wellbeing and safety of workers.
You should also be careful to identify things which may not have presented a potential hazard or danger to workers, but could, over time.
The most effective way to correctly determine the level of risk in a building, is to firstly follow all manufacturer's guidelines when it comes to using machinery or hazardous substances.
You should also have a careful think about how risks can develop over time. For example, do you have damp in your building?
Perhaps wear and tear could damage the structural integrity of your environment, and potentially create an accident?
Equally, poor ventilation or lack of maintenance could contribute to absences and ill health in the long run.
Of course once you identify the potential dangers in the workplace, you are then in a much better position to eliminate the hazards.
The next step is in deciding who might be harmed and how. So this could include staff members, contractors or visitors.
Once you have determined this, you can then find ways to control the level of danger faced.
The other major part of health and safety is in evaluating the likelihood of an accident or issue occurring.
While it is impossible to identify every possible danger known to man, what you should do is ensure that you have taken all reasonable steps to promote safety.
It is important to balance the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble
Commercial contract cleaning plays a major role in all of this. It goes without saying that commercial cleaning can help to identify and address some of the hazards in your place of work, particularly where spillages and obstructions are concerned.
It is therefore important to choose a cleaning firm with the necessary experience and expertise to ensure that your work environment is a clean and safe one, with particular attention paid to the needs of your organisation.
Posted by Toni Tsocheva