Of the many potential health and safety hazards, perhaps the most terrifying to contemplate are fire related. In particular, for office workers without heavy machinery to manage, forklifts to dodge, heights to scale or holes to fall into it's easy for complacency to set in and the very real danger that fire can present can be ignored. Despite this fires are the most common cause of damage and death in any workplace.
Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, concerns have been raised that the emphasis on the punitive measures of the new legislation isn’t doing anything to actually make our workplaces safer.
Experts in the industry are concerned that a fear of the consequences of failing to obey the law to the letter means that businesses are only aiming to meet the minimum Health and Safety requirements. Focusing on the benefits to everyone of a holistic Health and Safety Culture in the workplace would be a better goal.
Starting a new job is a rewarding and challenging time for a new employee. The employee’s excitement about the new role is often accompanied by confusion about what is expected of them and the processes of the job, which can be incredibly frustrating. As these first few days leave a lasting impression, it’s important to limit the confusion and frustration as much as possible, which is where a good induction program comes into play.