What is Health and Safety (on behalf of Welco)

October 18, 2012 13:00 ET

Health and Safety Website Says: Choose the Right Flooring for Your Business

The Importance of Risk Assessments Highlighted

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2012) - Choosing the best flooring solutions is an important part of business. That's why whatishealthandsafety.co.uk is encouraging employers to think carefully about their purchases.

According to the website – which offers invaluable safety advice to a wide range of organisations – all employers should carry out a risk assessment of their premises, before investing in high-quality flooring such as vinyl matting or non-slip tiles. This, they claim, will protect staff, visitors and members of the public and will help everyone stay safe at work.

Matt Hornsby, a spokesman for the site said: "There are many different types of flooring available these days, so it's essential to shop around. While some companies might benefit from anti-fatigue tiles – ideal for use in areas of prolonged standing – others might prefer durable step matting which can relieve foot fatigue at work."

He continued: "Different flooring will be suitable for different businesses, so employers must carry out a risk assessment of their premises to decide what they need. If there's an electric shock risk, for instance, electrical safety matting could prove essential, or if an area is slippery flexible PVC tiles could do the trick. Many types of flooring can be used in the same building; they just have to be positioned correctly."

With winter rapidly approaching, whatishealthandsafety.co.uk is also keen to draw attention to other health and safety considerations – including the use of safety signs. According to the website, placing mandatory, prohibition, warning and hazard signs in the right places will safeguard employees and make the cold weather a lot easier to cope with.

Hornsby said: "A little preparation can go a long way, so it's wise for companies to get set for the nippy spell ahead. This might mean topping up on winter supplies such as de-icer and snow shovels, or it might mean putting up the odd safety sign."

The advice from whatishealthandsafety.co.uk follows worrying statistics from HSE – the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness – which states 200 people are killed at work every year. Reports also reveal over one million people are injured and two million suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work, so it's wise to take action.

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