How to Improve Safety in the Workplace

When considering health and safety in the workplace are you focusing on your staff? Most businesses require a dedicated person or team to ensure compliance with safety regulations. Staff have the right to health and safety training. This training can include posture for lifting or computer work or when to wear appropriate safety gear.

The job of the health and safety officer in the workplace is enormous. They are often seen wandering around the business with their clipboards, hard hats and steel toe boots on. This image may rouse amusement for some of the workplace staff, but the job of the health and safety officer is to keep them safe and well.

The health and safety officer is required to ensure the building is a safe environment for working. Their role is to check equipment is safe to use and is being used effectively. Offices, warehouses, canteens and locker rooms all present with hazards. In some cases, it is necessary to keep records of these checks and activities for maintenance. This takes vast amounts of reporting, administration and time.

Some areas of the business are considered hazardous on a company risk assessment. These places can include warehouses and production rooms. Following strict guidelines to ensure they are as safe as they can be is the job of the health and safety officer. They need to check warehouse equipment and facilities are safely stored and situated, and that floor markings are bright and fresh.

Historically, floor markings have been painted. Scuffs from boots, forklifts and pallets often discolour and distorted painted floor markings. This requires them to be frequently repainted  which can cost a lot of money. As floor markings must be used in areas pedestrians and mobile machines both use, keeping them fresh is essential. Another problem of painted floor marking is the difficulty in changing them when the business’ needs alter.

Floor marking tape is available in a variety of colours and widths to mark out all the hazardous areas, aisles and walkways you need. It can be removed by applying heat, and can be toughened further with a top covering clear floor tape. A good quality floor tape won’t ruck or snag, and colours stay fresh and vibrant for substantial periods of time. For high traffic areas such as crossings, using a clear floor tape over the top of your floor markings is ideal.

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Health and Safety image courtesy of Flickr

Some businesses like to use branded floor markings bearing their logo. It is highly desirable to keep the company logo free of scuffs and to look fresh. Clear floor tape could be used to toughen the marking and prolong its life.

When marking out areas for safety purposes, take the time to draw a plan of the space depicting where the markings should be. It is also a good idea to consider using this downtime to provide markings for siting any equipment that should be stowed away at the end of the day. This level of organisation and planning goes a long way to providing effective health and safety in the workplace.