The crackers have all been pulled, the tree’s down to its final handful of needles, and the final of the turkey curry has ultimately been polished off – it can only mean one point. That’s proper, as a certain Mr Lennon when sang, ‘Another year more than, a new one particular just begun…’
New Year has traditionally been a time for reflection and improvement, and what better way to kick begin your year, than to renew your commitment to shield your staff and your organisation? With that in mind, we’ve asked some best RoSPA policy planners to come up with a handful of recommendations for ‘safety resolutions’ to help inspire you!
Colin Knight, Fleet Safety Audit Manager, RoSPA:
Time Management for Fleet Safety – Make a note of each and every fleet safety activity you are responsible for on a weekly/monthly basis and then work out how a lot time is truly necessary and assign the time for each and every activity. Take a couple of minutes to familiarise your self with every single activity prior to working on them and don’t forget to completely commit to each and every process and maintain to the scheduled occasions to avoid distraction!
Vehicle Security ‘’a grey area’’ – Develop an action program for 2016 that targets the safety and legal compliance of private vehicles utilised by your personnel on organization company, typically referred to as grey fleet. Look cautiously at the company trips made by your personnel utilizing their own vehicles. If an employee utilizes their personal automobile to go to the bank or a instruction course, this could still be classified as a business trip. Make certain that you evaluation the following things within your strategy as your business could be liable if the driver and vehicle were involved in a crash.
- Are you confident the driver has the right sort of enterprise insurance coverage?
- Have you checked the driver’s driving licence?
- Is their vehicle secure and legal?, tyres, brakes, lights, windscreen wash and so on?
- Does the vehicle have a valid MOT?
- Is the automobile taxed?
- Is the vehicle serviced?
- Does the car match the safety standards of your standard firm automobiles? Age, condition, security devices such as ABS, ESP, airbags and so on?
Assessment your driving for operate policies and procedures – January is the best time to evaluation your present driving for operate policies and procedures. Remember to contain your front line drivers in the creation of any new procedures and the assessment of existing policies as quite usually, they have the greatest suggestions! Create a easy question set relating to your driving for perform materials to test everyone’s understanding (which includes senior managers) and to identify additional coaching wants. In addition, perform a evaluation of the incidents throughout 2015 and set some KPIs made to increase safety and to decrease fees. An example would be to decrease incident rates and fuel devote brought on by driving via utilising teleconferencing rather than driving to meetings.
Rob Burgon CMIOSH, Workplace Security Manager, RoSPA:
Functioning at Height – Believe it or not, but falls from height are still the biggest lead to of workplace fatalities in the UK. This year, make sure that all perform is planned whilst taking into consideration “what is the worst that can happen”. Keep in mind that even though functioning at height you can have both feet on the ground! Above all, avoid complacency – the greatest killer of all!
Manual Handing –Poor manual handling technique is still the greatest cause of Musculoskeletal Problems in the workplace, costing an estimated 11.6 million days each and every year. Chronic back troubles can ruin lives forever, so don’t forget – bring out that inner toddler! (They’re nevertheless the only group of folks who constantly lift appropriately simply because they are not strong adequate to lift incorrectly.)
Slips, trips and falls – Slips, trips and falls are still the biggest lead to of RIDDOR reportable injuries in the workplace. Be conscious of your surroundings, adjust of levels, inadequate flooring, poor lighting and so on, which are all widespread causes of unnecessary injury. Let’s make sure we all stay at work and out of hospital in 2016!
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