You’ll have enough on your plate if you’re a business owner, and if anything, you’re probably looking for ways to free up some of your time. While there are some corners you can cut, there’s one that needs to remain on the agenda — and should, in fact, be given greater importance: your workplace health and safety. Yes, it might not always be the most rock ‘n’ roll aspect of running a business, but it’s essential and can have a substantial impact on your employee happiness, productivity, and, naturally, safety. Below, we take a look at a few essential rules for ensuring that your health and safety practices are in tip-top condition.

A Core Part of Your Business

Many small businesses think about health and safety in an incorrect way. They see it as something that comes last; you put all the pieces in place, and then build your health and safety procedures around them. This, however, is not the right way to think: your workplace safety should form the foundation of your business. Once you’ve got your codes firmly in place, you can begin to think about the other parts of your business. Essentially, you shouldn’t treat it as an afterthought — in any case, it’s much easier to make things safe when it’s the core of your business.

Review Your Policies

First thing’s first: if you don’t already have a health and safety policy, then it’s time that you write one. If you have more than five employees, the law requires you to have one! It also helps to focus on your weaknesses and, when the time comes, to review your policies. At least every six months, you should be looking at potential improvements to your policies.

Check Everything’s Working

There’s no point having safety equipment if it doesn’t work. And you don’t want to discover that it’s not working when it’s too late. Fire extinguishers, electrical safety equipment, and an emergency kit are all essential, as are gas detectors if you’re working near a manufacturing area. Routinely check that your emergency equipment is working, and use UK calibration services to check that your gas unit can detect gas properly. This testing is something that is easy to forget about when you’re dealing with everything else your business requires, so make it part of your monthly routine.

Safety Training Sessions

If something is to happen in your workplace, then you need to ensure that your staff know exactly how to handle the danger. Make sure that every new employee is given thorough safety training when they start. Throughout the year, hold staff training sessions with an outside expert — if an emergency occurs, you’ll be grateful that you took the time to prepare your workers.

Assign a Role to a Worker

Finally, consider assigning the role of ‘safety officer’ to a worker (with increased pay, of course). Their job will be to highlight any safety concerns and perform weekly checks to ensure that your health and safety policy is being abided by.