If your business operates tools, equipment and heavy machinery, there’s no doubt you’ll understand that workplace health and safety is paramount. Whether you’re purchasing new equipment for your workshop, factory or building site, health and safety regulations must come first. In this article, we take a look at how you can maintain health and safety in your workplace – and how tool control should play a vital part in your health and safety policy. Let’s get started.
Maintaining health and safety in the construction industry
Whether you’re operating a large-scale building site or a small factory or workshop, these tips can really go far when it comes to employee health and safety.
1. Ensure protective gear is always worn
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a must-have on any construction site or factory floor. Not only can it protect from harmful chemicals and dust, but it can also protect you and your employees from unexpected accidents.
Basic PPE on a construction site should always include a helmet, eye protection, gloves and hi-vis clothing. Within a factory or workshop, your PPE might include protective masks instead of a helmet, depending on the machinery you are operating.
2. Provide regular health and safety training
Providing your employees with the correct protective gear is important, but do they understand why they have to wear it? Health and safety training for both you and your employees should cover:
- The basics of health and safety
- Warning signs and their meanings
- Highlighting potential dangers
- How to prevent potential dangers
- How to respond if an accident occurs
To maintain workplace health and safety, employees should undergo regular health and safety training courses – at least once every 12 months.
3. Display hazard signs where relevant
If you’re operating an environment with electrical or chemical hazards, these should always be displayed with the correct signage. Even potential slip and fall risks, such as any spills, should be highlighted as quickly as possible using the correct hazard signs. If a hazard occurs that you don’t have a sign for, generic black and yellow hazard tape should do the trick by highlighting it to your employees.
4. Keep your workspace clean
Whether you’re in a busy factory or out on a construction site, a tidy workspace is always important. It might be tempting to leave things around when you’re trying to get the job done, but taking a couple of extra minutes to put things away really is worthwhile when it comes to your employee’s health and safety.
5. Inspect your equipment often
Your employees rely on their equipment to get their job done efficiently, and there are few things more dangerous than worn, broken or out-of-date tools and equipment. Broken tools and equipment can quickly become unsafe, increasing the risk of accidents. To stay on top of equipment health and safety, carry out a full inspection every week and a more in-depth inspection at the end of every month. Speak to your equipment manufacturers about annual and bi-annual inspections to keep everything running smoothly (and safely).
6. Tool control is important
Not only are working tools important, but knowing how to use them (and store them) is just as important. Good tool control can significantly help to prevent mistakes and accidents, so always ensure your employees know how to use them beforehand. Storing your tools away safely is also vital in preventing accidents.
How our DIY custom foam products can help
Here at the Case Farm, we recently launched a brand new DIY custom foam service in collaboration with Easy Peel. Our custom foam is a safe and secure way to put your tools away at the end of a working day.
Our sturdy foam can be easily peeled to fit snugly around your tools and slot into your storage compartments. Simply tell us what size inserts you need via our calculator page and we’ll give you an instant quote! Once you’ve completed the order, check out our foam tutorials page on how to get started.