Minimising Accidents at Work
In Victorian times there was little onus on employers meeting health and safety standards and so the injury rate was far higher. Fortunately nowadays there are a large number of factors at hand that prevent employers from not looking after the health of their employees.
These safety regulations are at hand to prevent injury caused by negligent practices. There are a number of these practices in place as you will see from our list below ad all are there for the betterment of the worker.
As an employee you have a right to the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your colleagues in the place you work in. These rights are given to you by law and generally can’t be changed or altered by the person who employs you.
As far as your job is concerned you have the right to have any problems that may cause potential health and safety issues properly controlled so they are no risk to you or your safety.
If you do work in a hazardous place of work you have a legal right to ensure that you are given all the safety gear and protective equipment to ensure that you are safe from any accidents at work that might take place. This equipment must be provided free of charge and must be maintained o replaced so it meets an optimum standard at all times.
If this does not seem to be the case then you can stop work if you feel your place of work is unsafe. You have a legal right to do this and leave the work place without being disciplined by your workplace as this situation was a danger to you.
You must always tell your employer about the safety concerns you have. This will insure anything that seems is a problem is addressed and hopefully sorted out.
If your employee fails to listen to your concerns then you can make it known to the Health Safety Executive (HSE). You are allowed to do so without being disciplined by your employee.
When you are at work you also have rights to time off for breaks, time off during the working week as well as annual paid holidays. There are also a number of rights regarding the amount of hours you work in a week; the pay regards working on Sundays, the rest breaks you are entitled to and the hours that you work at night and issues regarding them.
This is the case for all workers without exception in the UK and there are a number of commonly known of places where you can enquire about these issues or any related issues to do with your health and safety concerns, as well as the hours you spend working in the work place.
Simon Grant is a writer and blogger who contributes to a great many sites including food blog Amateur Gastronomy.