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posted in Recent jobs and industry news by Gary Lovell on 18:15 Mar 7th, 2019

 Health and safety labels can go a long way in the prevention of accidents. It doesn’t matter how small or large your business is, or whether you interact with customers. It is the law that you are duty-bound in ensuring the safety of your business. By using health and safety stickers, you can avoid many accidents, as well as give proper guidance if an accident does occur.

While health and safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility, it is only to certain degrees. Employees do not have the power to create change in the way that materials are labelled, or fire doors are installed, for example. They can only be responsible for what they have been trained in. Ultimately, it is the owner who is responsible for the safety of their employees and their workplace. A wise employer will always involve its employees in the establishment of health and safety procedures but cannot hold them responsible.

Warning labels are the first step in health and safety. People need to know if there is a possibility of danger. If there is a warning or caution label on an item in your business, your employees and customers are more likely to take heed of that warning and be safe. Take an industrial ladder on wheels, for example. Label that ladder with the appropriate health and safety warnings and guidelines so that it can be used properly and safely. If this ladder happens to be on your sales floor, but is not for your customers to use, labelling it correctly will dissuade customers from attempting to use it. It will also help you with liabilities. Equipment such as this ladder is for employees only, it states that clearly on the ladder and the employee using the ladder has been well trained on using it correctly.

Any good employer wants to avoid accidents before they happen. In many workplaces there are chemicals. Chemicals are not just found in warehouses or production lines, they are also found in offices. Cleaning supplies and printer cartridges are just two of some common chemicals that need to be handled with care in an office or storefront environment. Health and safety labelling of these products is being proactive. While the manufacturer will, no doubt, have put warning symbols on the products that you use, there is a greater need for your own health and safety labels being placed as well. Doing this will maintain a consistency throughout the workplace and allow your employees to recognise the warning labels immediately. People are less likely to mishandle products if they have a visible, recognisable health and safety label on them.

Once the labels have been place, training your employees on these labels and what they mean is very important. Involving them in the process of labelling dangerous goods or equipment can give them a hands-on experience of the dangers and how to correct or avoid them. For example, a health and safety label, placed above a product, can tell the employee how to handle a spill of the product. It’s one thing to know that a product can be dangerous if mishandled; it’s another thing to know what to do if that product is mishandled. Explanations can go on health and safety labels outlining what to do in case of a spill, or a splash onto skin or, worse, a splash into an eye.

Dangerous areas should also be labelled. An area where there is a large quantity of boxes that may tip over or, perhaps, you have high shelves that people might want to climb on rather than use a ladder. All of these areas should have health and safety labels and all employees should be well-trained and that training should be a reoccurring event, especially if you have new employees coming onboard throughout the year. It’s not just good practice, it’s the law.

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