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Good Health and Safety in the Workplace is easy to achieve with these 7 easy tips to help keep your workers safe. By following the steps shown, you will ensure that all staff are both aware of their responsibilities and that you have done your utmost to give them protection from hazards.

1) Responsibility. Remind your staff that they are responsible for their Health & Safety. Their actions have an effect on themselves and others and it is useful to remind everyone from time to time. As Business Owner you are also responsible so make sure you are leading by example.

2) Tidiness. It is so simple but lots of business owners don’t keep their workplace tidy – workers need to their area clean and tidy. Sometimes this is difficult of course if a process is messy but enough time should be given to clean up and treated as important and not allowed to be missed. By simply tidying up this can prevent needless accidents taking place eg slips, trips and falls that account for 30% of workplace accidents

3) Train staff. Reminding staff how to act safely is key in keeping your business safe. The law states that you need to train staff and yet most business owners don’t. There are plenty of online training applications that can be used that are both cost & time effective. These will help you demonstrate you have complied with the law and encourage a safer working environment.

4) Report ALL accidents, including those that nearly happened. Although this needs to be managed so it doesn’t become too onerous, knowing what accidents are happening can give you valuable information on what you need to fix. A good way to encourage more reporting is to focus on reporting accidents for one month and see what the results are.

5) Involve staff. Like any management activity, not involving staff can leave them feeling left out and not engaged. Involve staff with Health & Safety in the workplace and by having more input they should feel they are being listened too and the appropriate actions taken. As a Business Owner you will also need to co-operate and explain how and why decisions were taken eg not to replace a new machine but additional safety controls put in place and more training due to the expense involved.

6) Prepare for the worst. As a business owner you need to assume the worst will happen and staff or customers will need emergency treatment or the action to take if a fire takes place. If you can prepare beforehand it makes it less likely to be such a problem if it does take place in real life.

7) Find out about Risk Assessments. They are a key tool in helping manage Health and Safety in the Workplace as they show you have thought about risks and put control measures in place. Not only is it a legal requirement, it will help reduce accidents. Risk Assessments should be simple, straightforward and easy to understand – especially by the staff who are involved and they need to be included in the process.

Although these seem very simple and easy to follow, many companies do not do some, or in a few cases any, of them leaving them open to possible legal and criminal prosecution in the event of a serious accident. So always ensure that your company does not fall into this possible situation by taking some time out and following the seven tips above.

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Source by Nigel J Welford

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Fall is one of the favorite seasons for furry pals due to its crisp air, colorful foliage and sweet aroma of the seasonal plants lingering in the environment. Though the season is welcoming, it has potential health hazards for your furry pals, about which you may not be knowing. It is essential to learn about these dangers and protect your pet from the unconditional situations.

Let us look into some of the major things that you need to take care of in Fall.

Less Hours Of Daylight

Shorter days mean fewer hours of daylight and we have to cut-short some of our day activities when visibility is poor. Dog owners have to take their furry pal on walks either during the dusk or dawn. This brings in the added risks of accidents due to low visibility.

During winters, when taking your furry pals on walks in the darkness of early morning or evening, it is crucial to be careful of your pet. Reduced light means it is challenging for drivers to see animals, which may lead to accidents at times. Therefore, it is crucial to keep a close observation on your pooch on a walk and control by having a leash and collar or chest harness. Make him wear reflective collars as well as a tag with a microchip for a safe return in case of missing incident.

Leaves – A Catastrophe to Handle

It’s a pleasure to just move around and listen to that rumbling sound coming out of the dried leaves. Dogs love to run about the foliage and have fun time. But the furry animals are not aware of the danger of this debris. These dried leaves are the source of toxicity if your fur pal lick any substance from the ground or their paws.

There may be fleas, ticks as well as bacteria and mold growth on these leaves. And, if your pet ingests any of these micro-organisms, it would be creating dangerous condition including vomiting, diarrhea, sickness or even tapeworm infection.

It is better to remove the foliage and cut short the dried grass in the lawn to keep away those nasty parasites. Moreover, ensure that your pet remains indoors, separate from the yard work.

Plants and Mushrooms

Mushrooms and other toxic plants are seasonal plants of the Fall and they are wildly found during this time. Your furry pal may succumb to toxicity if any of the part – leaves, stem or flower, any of these is ingested by them. Mushrooms are wildly found in yards. Though most of the wild mushrooms are non-toxic, there are a few which are highly toxic, and when ingested cause challenging situations.

Therefore, try to remove any unwanted plants and mushrooms from your yard and avoid your pet from moving around in the yard until you remove it.

Fatality due to Rodenticides

Falling temperatures drive rodents out of their shell in search of shelter for cold into your homes. People mostly use rodenticides to kill these creatures and keep them away from their homes. However, at times your dog or cat are likely to feast on these chemicals, and may encounter grave danger. Rodenticides cause critical conditions like hemorrhages, uncontrolled bleeding, and blood in vomit.

If you suspect that your cat or a dog has ingested rodenticides and find any toxicities, immediately contact your vet or poison emergency center for immediate help.

Before your dog or a cat fall to any of the dangers of the season fall, ensure all the care and take precautions to avoid any unfaithful circumstances.

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Source by Taya Burnett

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