Don't Slip Up over Health and Safety in Your Workplace; DANGER AT WORK: Hundreds of Office Workers Are Injured Every Year from Slip and Fall Accidents on Wet Slippery Floors

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MANAGING health and safety is an important part of looking after your business.

All employers are required by law to control health and safety risks.

This is for all business managers, whether you're just getting started or want to see how improving health and safety can help you look after your business.

In large organisations and small firms, managing risks is not only about legislation.

Effective health and safety contributes to corporate social responsibility. It can bring real business benefits too.

It doesn't need to be expensive or complicated, but it does need planning and leadership. Business leaders, boards and directors have responsibilities as well as managers and workers, too, need to look after their own health and safety and that of their colleagues.

The Health Safety Executive (HSE) says 13.8 million working days were lost in 2006/07 due to work stress, depression and anxiety. Citing HSE research from2001, the TUCestimates the financial impact is around pounds 3.7bn. The cost now could be even higher.

With the introduction of the new legislation there is a requirement for fire safety services and equipment to be provided by competent persons.

Guidelines have been issued by the government aimed at specific business areas to help employers and owners understand their responsibilities.

Common to the guides is section 8: "Third Party Certification schemes for fire protection and products and related services are an effective means of providing the fullest possible assurances, offering a level of quality, reliability and safety that non-certified products may lack....Third Party quality assurances can offer comfort both as a means of satisfying you that the goods and services you have purchased are fit for purpose, and as slippery floors a means of demonstrating that you have complied with the law".

It is therefore important that management ensures the company being appointed to carry out the fire safety work is competent and can provide a certificate of conformity Security guards must be able to deal with each situation with confidentiality, integrity and diplomacy. To achieve this companies providing a security presence must be aware that their clients require full attention and commitment to meet their individual needs.

Security provision must recognise the changes taking place in society at large and develop a clear and evolving mission to be at the forefront of development and the top of the profession.

Action in this sector must be positive and prompt with the objective being to provide a professional approach in order to achieve the complete client satisfaction.

People at work can suffer injury or sudden illness. It is important that employers have made arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

There are websites that provide information on all aspects of first aid at work and will be of interest to employers, employees, first aiders and training organisations across all industry sectors.

In the event of injury or sudden illness, failure to provide first aid could result in that person's death. The employer should therefore ensure that an employee who is injured or taken ill at work receives immediate attention. …