In a busy residential care home or hectic GP practice, providing a safe environment for your staff and users is of utmost importance. The organisation’s focus is on providing the essential service your users need, and having a friendly, yet professional, safety advisor may be just what you need to support you with meeting with your safety requirements.
Your staff are exposed to many workplace hazards on a daily basis. In a residential care home it may be moving and handling residents; having untrained staff using hoists or lifting equipment; coming into contact with hazardous substances, including bodily fluids to dealing with verbal or physical violence from the residents or their visitors. In a healthcare practice it could be office staff working long hours on computer equipment; workplace stress; or dealing with abusive patients.
Health and safety in your type of working environment needs not only to focus on your staff, but also the service users (be they residents within a care home or patients at your practice), other visitors to your premises and any contractors who may be working on your premises. Risk assessment documentation will need to take into account all these persons, identify what risks they may be exposed to and identify control measures that will be needed to either eliminate or reduce the risk levels. Linked to these assessments should be documented safe systems of work, training requirements and support documentation to demonstrate you are complying with your legal duties.
Safety Shield Ltd can help with this. We have prior experience with working with the service sector, providing them with user-friendly health and safety management systems, drafting Health and Safety Policies which consider the account the safety of their staff but also vulnerable service users, training key staff in carrying out the necessary risk assessment documents and providing on-going support and assistance when needed.
At Safety Shield Ltd our aim is to try to find solutions for your safety problems not create new ones.