There’s no doubt that since its introduction over forty years ago, Health and Safety in the workplace has changed and evolved considerably.
In the past, it has been maligned as the cause of many seemingly irrational decisions, some of which have received coverage in the National press and popular media; however, over recent years consumer concern over ethical treatment of workers has put health and safety back on the map as a primary concern of responsible business owners. So what impact can your building maintenance have on the Health and Safety of your workforce?
In the past, Health and Safety primarily focused on making sure that working conditions were physically safe for employees. This meant that its prime objectives were ensuring that workers had adequate PPE, equipment was safe and maintained, and that systems of work were safe and low risk. However, the HSE is becoming increasingly concerned with environmental factors which could have an adverse effect on workers.
It might sound elementary, but ensuring that your workforce has access to clean, safe drinking water, adequate toilet facilities and are able to prepare and eat food on their breaks are all part of your obligations as an employer. Broken, poorly maintained facilities can have an adverse effect on employee morale, lead to increased levels of sickness, lower productivity and, in the worst cases, even cause serious legal issues.
The HSE has also identified poor working environments as a cause of workplace stress, with some studies by leading health and safety consultants showing that stress leads to up to an incredible 27 days of lost productivity per employee. Ensuring that your facilities are clean, properly maintained and in a good state of repair can not only help to increase morale in your employees but also increase your productivity – and that can only be good for your business as a whole.
Of course, identifying all the potential areas of maintenance which need attention can be a full-time job in itself, and of course, can become very costly (particularly if you’re not able to devote much time to it and issues build up). A good way to mitigate this risk is to employ health and safety consultants who have expertise in keeping facilities safe and in excellent working order. Not only will it save you money in the long term, but it will also allow you to keep your focus on your core business instead of worrying about niggling maintenance tasks.
For further information on Health and Safety compliance for your workplace please contact us at ST Maintenance Solutions Ltd on 0161 279 0137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.