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January 5, 2011

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New Year workplace safety tips

Insurance provider Aviva is encouraging businesses to make a New Year’s resolution to assess health and safety in the workplace.

The firm has put together ten safety tips it hopes companies will take on board as part of an assessment of their health and safety performance over the last year. These include:

  • Ensure that machinery guidance and training is up to date;
  • Review any accidents that the business was involved in over the past year;
  • If the company received any enforcement notices, make sure that all the recommendations have been implemented;
  • Look at any complaints made by employees or customers and set up a mechanism to collect feedback about safety concerns;
  • Make sure that a written health and safety plan has been created;
  • Set sensible health and safety targets;
  • Check that risk assessments are up to date;
  • Prepare a training plan for employees;
  • Take a look at any systems, procedures or equipment that have been assessed by previous risk assessments and consider if they need to be updated, or checked;
  • Review the accident book and identify trends, or common issues.

Aviva liability risk manager, Phil Grace, believes that the start of the year is a good opportunity for companies to look back on their safety performance during the past 12 months. He said: “January is a perfect time to look back on the previous year and consider how your business managed its health and safety requirements.

“For busy companies it can be difficult to find the time to properly assess risks, plan ahead, or consider the impact of forthcoming regulations throughout the year, but remember that, as an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of your staff and anyone affected by your business.”

To download Aviva’s safety tips factsheet click here.

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