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Safer habits for a safer future bannerIt’s the little day-to-day things as well as the big things like policy that really make a difference in keeping workers, colleagues, staff, site visitors and the general public safe from harm.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. It stretches from a young person just starting work in a corner shop to the CEO of a PLC or public sector organisation.

Bad habits can become engrained without anyone really noticing, and an external, independent review can reveal hidden risks.

Changing the habits of a lifetime…

The British Safety Council ‘Safer Habits’ campaign aims to raise awareness so people start to develop good habits.

The bottom line is about reducing the number of preventable accidents in the workplace due to health and safety misnomers. The BSC want to make health and safety easier for people to understand and engage with, whatever their job role.

The first stage – your hands

Do you know what size your feet are? OK, that’s an easy question, since you buy shoes of a specific size.

But do you know what size your hands are? That’s much harder to answer, but it might have an impact on your own safety, if you work in an environment where hand protection makes a difference.

The bigger question is whether your work force knows when to wear gloves, what size gloves to wear and just as importantly what type.

Hand and arm protection is a huge issue across many different industries.

Bad Hand Day

The Health and Safety Executive has run an initial campaign, aimed at workers in hair salons, called ‘Bad Hand Day’, (a spin on ‘Bad Hair Day’).  The purpose was to advise and educate people in the hairdressing industry, and overcome some of the  myths associated with using gloves, for example to avoid common skin conditions like dermatitis.

For further information and updates about the campaign, visit the Safer Habits website.