LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2012) - As the days grow colder and the nights draw in, businesses have been encouraged to improve the health and safety of their business - before winter hits.
According to whatishealthandsafety.co.uk - a reputable resource which offers essential safety information to both small and large organisations - rain, sleet and snow can take us by surprise, so it's important to prepare for hazardous conditions sooner rather than later.
The site has encouraged employers to carry out a thorough risk assessment of their premises before the temperature drops and has advised them to buy a wide range of safety signs from a company like Seton. This, they claim, will alert people of potential hazards and will help keep members of staff and visitors free from personal injury.
Matt Hornsby, a spokesperson for the site said: "It might have been a miserable summer weather-wise, but conditions are sure to get worse. Winters in the UK are usually pretty chilly, so it's essential to make your premises as safe and secure as possible. This could mean making the repairs you've been meaning to do all year, or it could mean stocking up on snow shovels, de-icer and sand bags."
He continued: "It's better to be safe than sorry, so it's even wise to place safety signs wherever you think there's a hazard. This will help you abide by The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and will ensure everyone stays safe throughout the nippy spell. It's worth noting that safety signs are colour coded for your convenience and can often be used inside and out."
The advice follows unsettling statistics revealed by HSE - the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness - which state that 200 people are killed and over one million people are injured at work every year. Over two million people also suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by their job and forestry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
Commenting on the statistics, Hornsby said: "It's saddening to hear that so many people lose their lives at work. Employers have a duty of care towards their employees and should make sure they're well-protected - particular when the weather turns nasty."
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