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Official Policy SealSome three-quarters of workers admit to being unaware of safety procedures within their workplaces, a poll has revealed.

A survey of more than 1,500 workers revealed an alarming lack of knowledge about workplace safety procedures.

Safety procedures survey results

The poll, by Personal Injury Lawyers, found that 73% of workers expressed ignorance about health and safety procedures, while just under half (49%) claimed never to have seen any written documentation of safety procedures in place, despite working in a business employing five or more people.

  • Just 6% of those polled claimed they were “very knowledgeable” about their organisation’s procedures
  • Only one-fifth of those surveyed knew the fire safety procedures
  • Fewer than one-third knew who their dedicated “health and safety manager” was
  • Only a quarter claimed to know where their workplace first-aid kit was located.

Nicholas Tate, founder of Personal Injury Lawyers, said: “It’s extremely important for all employers to ensure that staff are up to date with health and safety procedures around the workplace. Not only do they protect staff, but they minimise the risk of injury and claims being made against the employer.”

How well would your company score?

Take a look at the following questions and if they make you feel uncomfortable then it’s time you took action:

  1. Is health and safety discussed, reviewed and a positive part of your company culture?
  2. Who is the ‘responsible person’, and does everyone know who that is?
  3. Is there an appropriate plan for emergencies, that is consistent with the nature of your business?
  4. If staff need to drive as part of their job are there clear guidelines that people understand and adhere to?
  5. Is everyone clear about fire safety, equipment, raising the alarm, evacuation etc.?
  6. Are you meeting minimum requirements for first aid skills and equipment?
  7. Is there a periodic check on electrical equipment and guidance on safe usage?
  8. Are people vigilant to the risks of slips, trips and falls that could be caused by boxes, cables and more?
  9. Are staff encouraged to undertake a risk assessment before doing something that could be a risk to themselves or could create a risk for others?
  10. Have you done sufficient to show that you have taken sufficient and appropriate steps to defend yourself and your business in case of a claim against you?

If you would like to discuss any of the points raised above, please contact us at Acorn, for pragmatic Health and Safety advice.