Health and safety in the workplace is of paramount importance, so it’s important to ask yourself one question: Are you doing enough to keep your employees and members of the public safe? While a risk assessment is good way to spot hazards and work out what improvements you need to make, you might also want to consider the following safety solutions.
Safety cameras and reverse sensors for vehicles
Whether you run a waste management company, a bus and coach service or have a fleet of trucks, trailers and vans, you might want to invest in a range of safety devices for your vehicles. These vehicle cameras from Brigade, for example, are designed to improve all-round vision of the vehicle and surrounding area and make it much easier to reverse and manoeuvre through tight spaces. What’s more, ultrasonic obstacle detection systems also increase safety when turning or making-low speed manoeuvres and reversing warning alarms prevent accidents and injuries.
While it can be easy to label this modern technology as an unnecessary fad, it’s essential to bear in mind that according to the Health and Safety Executive, nearly a quarter of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur during reversing. Many other reversing accidents do not result in injury but cause costly damage to vehicles, equipment and premises, so it is well-worth taking all the precautions you can in order to boost the safety of your company.
As well as protecting your employees and limiting accidents, high-tech camera systems can also save you from being accused of causing an accident when it wasn’t your fault. The council receive many complaints of damage to parked vehicles, so if you don’t have time for lawsuits, court cases and unwanted bills, simply pop a visual aid onto your vehicles and record everything you do.
Wear the correct personal protective gear
It’s the duty of each and every employer to provide the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). This could be anything from hard hats and protective footwear, to durable gloves and high-visibility clothes depending on the type of job you’re doing. Protective respiratory equipment also comes under PPE, so you must assess the risks of each and every job role and make sure your staff are well equipped for their duties.
What’s more, if your employees are constantly out on the road driving fleet vehicles and such like, it’s also a good idea to think outside the box and provide them with items that could help in an emergency such as a satellite navigation system, road map, torch, blanket, company mobile phone with emergency contact numbers (including the breakdown and recovery services your business uses), emergency funds, jump leads, a first aid kit and such like.
Running a business comes with many responsibilities, with health and safety being one of the top priorities for any employer. So, if you’re looking to make your company as secure as possible, try putting the above tips in action and make sure everyone stays safe.