By Sancho Baltussen at April 23 2019 11:20:08
Remember that accidents may kill a business. And for humanitarian and practical reasons, businesses are encouraged and even charged by law to create and maintain a work environment that is safe and healthy. These two should be protected for humanitarian reasons because an employer has the moral obligation to keep his workers safe and healthy, and for practical reason because hospitalization and litigation are costly, not to mention its being bad for the business.
A good health and safety plan should be detailed enough to highlight all the things you need to consider any health and safety events that could occur in your business. Obviously there will be some things that are specific to your business, however there are certainly things that will not be specific. These would be typical items that could be relevant to any type of business.
Business owners need to note, however, that a template or guide covers general points only. The template would contain a basic outline or framework to discuss health and safety issues within the specific workplace. Sometimes, the template would contain guide questions to initiate discussion or brainstorming among the company managements, employees and other staff. Some templates would also already have standard best practices in a specific industry, as a basis for ensuring operations that are at par with other companies or operations that meet the minimum requirements of local and national laws.
All that a business owner needs to do is discuss these initial recommendations outlined in the template, and to determine which among them are relevant to his current business or project. The inputs and participation of the entire organization is important in order to make the plan relevant and effective. Representatives from various sectors of the company should be involved. All these can be achieved with the help of a template.