Safe working practices

Safe Working Practices

  • Always ensure you are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, safety boots, hard hats, and high visibility jackets.
  • Regularly perform risk assessments to identify hazards and take necessary precautions in the work environment.
  • Always maintain a tidy work area to prevent accidents caused by tripping, falling, or slipping.
  • Never operate machinery or equipment unless you have been properly trained and are competent
  • Always follow proper manual handling techniques when lifting or moving objects, to prevent injuries.
  • Only carry out tasks for which you are qualified and have been trained.
  • Regularly have maintenance checks on all equipment and vehicles to ensure they are safe to use

Hazardous Substances

  • Understand the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations and follow them.
  • Always store hazardous substances correctly and always wear the necessary protective equipment when handling them.
  • Use and dispose of toxic substances, chemicals and waste materials following the correct procedures.

Fire Safety

  • Follow fire safety procedures and know the location of fire extinguishers and fire exits.
  • Never block fire exits or firefighting equipment.
  • Regularly check and maintain fire alarms and firefighting equipment.

First Aid

  • Always have a fully stocked first aid kit available.
  • Know first aid procedures and the location of the first aid kit.
  • Report any injuries or accidents to a supervisor.

Safe Driving

  • Always wear a seatbelt and ensure all passengers are also wearing theirs.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Regularly check and maintain the vehicle’s brakes, tyres, and other components for safety.
  • Follow the Highway Code at all times.
  • GetAll the necessary driving licenses and insurances.

Reporting Accidents

  • All accidents and near misses should be recorded in the accident book.
  • Report any accidents or unsafe work conditions to a senior employee or manager immediately.
  • If necessary, notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of any serious accidents, dangerous occurrences or diseases.