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Every year, thousands of people take time off work as a result of accidents in the workplace. Many of these accidents can be avoided with better planning and the implementing of actions and training. The HSE is responsible for ensuring that workplaces do what they can to reduce the risks of accidents in the workplace.

The cost to a business is also a major problem where accidents and incidents happen. These costs include the cost of compensation, treatment, loss of production, and legal costs. A company's reputation can also be damaged. With effective planning, risk assessments and adopting a health and safety culture, accidents can usually be avoided.

Health and safety is easy to remember, but there are many things that have to be taken in to account including:

  • Building design and modification
  • Access to the site
  • Ventilation and heating
  • Lighting
  • Cleaning and waste management
  • Workstation planning and seating
  • Condition of the floors, slopes and trip hazards
  • Organisation of traffic
  • Toilet provision
  • Food and water provision
  • Storage and racking systems
  • Proper signage
  • First aid provision

These are just a few of the considerations a business needs to take to ensure that the workplace is kept safe. There are regulations that have to be followed to ensure that the risk of accidents is reduced as much as possible.