Tips to help identify hazards at your work events
Friday, 22nd November 2013, by Joanna WeekesIn today's Health & Safety Bulletin:
While health and safety risk can be high at end of year celebrations as discussed in Wednesday’s Health & Safety Bulletin, some simple strategies can keep everyone safe and the business out of the firing line of claims and complaints.
You need to take all reasonably practicable measures to ensure the health and safety of your workers or other people at your company’s work-related functions.
For every function that you put on, you should:
What types of hazards exist at work-related functions?
Hazards that may be present at a work-related function can be more difficult to foresee and control than the risks associated with everyday business practices because they tend to be one-off events that you may not have knowledge or experience in.
Different types of functions may create different types of risks and it is important to anticipate and consider these.
For example, activities such as sporting events could lead to serious injury. This is particularly the case if the event is offsite. Be sure that your risk assessment of events like this includes gaining familiarity with the venue and any emergency response procedures needed.
How to identify hazards relating to work-related events
Here are a few questions that you should ask once you know what your function will involve, in order to identify the hazards associated with the event:
If you subscribe to the Health & Safety Handbook, you can also refer to chapter M2 Managing Work-Related Functions that will give you lots more details about the above dot points and how to determine and reduce the specific hazards and risks involved in your work event. Click here for more information about the handbook.
And one more thing before you go…
While social media is undoubtedly a great tool for business, it also poses a number of legal risks you may not have considered.
But regulating the use of social media in your workplace can be tricky, especially when you don't understand all the legal implications.
Portner Press have just published a brand-new 40-page eBook called Social Media and the Law: Managing the Legal Risks for Your Business that explains, in detail, your rights and responsibilities when it comes to managing social media in your workplace.
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That’s all for today, enjoy your weekend!
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