Health and safety in the workplace

Health and safety in the workplace

General Workplace Safety

  • Risk assessments are fundamental to identify potential safety hazards.
  • The use of safety signs is crucial to warn of specific hazards.
  • Providing clear instructions and training ensures everyone knows how to safely carry out their tasks.
  • Regular maintenance and checks of tools help prevent accidents.
  • First-aid facilities and trained personnel should be readily available.

Handling Tools and Materials

  • Using the correct protective equipment, like gloves and aprons when handling tools and sharp materials, helps to minimise injuries.
  • Knowing how to handle, use and store chemicals safely is mandatory to avoid accidents and health risks.
  • Awareness of allergenic plants can prevent allergic reactions among staff and customers.
  • Appropriate training in tool usage avoids incorrect handling that can lead to injuries.

Hygiene and Cleanliness

  • Regular cleaning and tidying of work areas prevents slip and trip hazards.
  • Proper waste disposal is important to avoid attracting pests and causing bad odours.
  • Clean water containers for flowers to prevent the spread of bacteria and extend flower life.
  • Regularly ventilate work areas, especially when using chemicals, to maintain good air quality.

Manual Handling and Ergonomics

  • Training in correct manual handling procedures reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Ensure workstations suit the needs of the worker to prevent strain and repetitive injury.
  • Use of equipment or aid for heavy lifts can prevent back injuries.

Fire Safety

  • Make sure there is access to a working fire extinguisher at all times.
  • Do regular fire drills to practice evacuation procedures.
  • Keep all fire exits clear of obstructions.
  • No smoking signs should be clearly displayed to prevent risk of fire.

Electrical Safety

  • Avoid overloading sockets to prevent electrical fires.
  • Regularly inspect electrical equipment for signs of wear and tear.
  • Do not use electrical items with wet hands or near water.
  • Use residual current device (RCD) protection when using electrical devices in a ‘wet’ environment like a floristry workshop.