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HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING


It’s important to review the documentation regularly too, as well as update it in line with legislative changes, practical matters, or a shift in mindset. Above all, make sure the team is briefed and there are copies in places where they will be seen – to ensure they don’t sit on a shelf, gathering dust.


Conducting risk assessments and


method statements When it comes to the physical safety of staff, it’s important that risk assessments and method statements don’t run the risk of becoming just another ‘tick-box exercise’. As with your health and safety policy, these documents should be created in collaboration with the workers who physically carry out the job on a day-to-day basis, as they are the ones who know what might go wrong.


Make sure all equipment is regularly serviced and any necessary repairs are carried out promptly. It’s also good practice to create a maintenance timetable to safeguard that nothing gets forgotten. So, diarise regular checks to identify areas which might need attention – before they become a real problem.


Although it might sound obvious, one of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of an accident is to keep things tidy. Clearing away tools and equipment – and making sure there are no unnecessary items lying around – will reduce the risk of trips and falls, as well as make for a more pleasant working environment.


Appropriate skills and on-going training Developing a skills matrix according to job type is an excellent starting point when it comes to recognising the type of training each member of the team needs – as well as any minimum requirements during recruitment.


to the differences between those working in the office and those who might spend most of their time on the road.


When it comes to the buy-in of any new approach or incentive, it’s important that every employee feels they have had an input into the decision-making.


“Recent ONS statistics found that suicide rates for a male in the


construction industry was 3.7% above the national average.”


Of course, while it is a legal requirement to consult with your team on health and safety, it shouldn’t just be about ‘ticking a box’. Regular, honest conversations can be a useful tool to make your workplace a safer and more productive place, and teammates will respect you for asking for their opinion – and acting on it.


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There should be ample opportunity to requalify and upskill as time progresses too, with close monitoring of any accreditation expiry dates to ensure refresher courses are organised and attended without disruption to work in progress.


By empowering employees to bolster their own skillset, and stay abreast of any industry changes, companies will automatically instil a sense of loyalty and pride in individuals.


Why it’s good to talk When we think of safety training, we must consider mental health as well. Hosting regular ‘toolbox talks’ – which include discussions around emotional wellbeing – will gradually help to break the stigma that can sometimes be associated with talking about your feelings.


Those really looking to go the extra mile can look to implement a separate mental health policy, undergo an organisational wellbeing assessment or investigate the potential of formal training for mental health first aiders.


Finally, it’s incredibly important to give back. Give someone a proverbial pat on the back for a job well done, encourage more experienced team members to view themselves as a mentor for others, or invest in internal communications to share inter-company news.


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