Every employer has certain health and safety obligations, and failing to follow the rules can result in some pretty bad consequences (from lawsuits to the closure of your company). Therefore, it is important that you are aware of, and stick to, your employer health and safety obligations – and today I am going to tell you some of them!
First Aid Training
It is illegal to run a business without a first aid specialist, and it is recommended that at least four people in your company are first aid trained. Ideally you should be first aid trained yourself, but as long as someone on your site/in your office is first aid trained then it’s okay.
An obvious piece of safety equipment is a fire extinguisher, which will often come with the office you have rented. This should be within sight and reach of everyone in the office. This means you will more than likely need more than one extinguisher in your office, and the number will change depending on the size. You also need first aid kids in your workplace, holding plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes etc.
You should ensure that your employees know what to do in case of a fire alarm (which you should have installed and should be tested periodically). There should be a set fire drill in place, and you can practise these fire drills as and when you need to, to make sure your employees know what to do.
I hope this has given you an idea of your employer health and safety obligations, and the sorts of things you can do to stick to them. Check out the rest of our blog for more health and safety tips here, or the HSE courses we offer here: