Health and safety in the workplace, particularly in relation to electrical burns, should be of the utmost importance to you. However, even accidental health and safety negligence regarding electrical burns can end up having severe consequences for the business overall. To avoid these detrimental impacts, you need to put processes in place to keep your business safe. Read on to find out more.
Negligence when it comes to health and safety can cause serious electrical burn-related injuries to your employees, causing an increase in time taken away from work. In extreme circumstances, a fatality could even occur. Electrical burns can be surface level but can potentially cause serious skin and even nerve damage. While the human impact is the most important consideration, this can also have an impact on your staffing and your finances – so keeping your working environment safe pays dividends.
First Aid In The Workplace
Having emergency first aid available at work is an important part of keeping your staff safe. Train selected employees to be First Aiders for both every day and emergency situations, and make everyone aware of what to do and who to turn to if an injury occurs. When it comes to electrical burns, this means knowing to use a gauze bandage rather than anything with fibres that may stick to the burn.
Check Safety Standards
Knowing what ‘safe’ equipment is can be complicated, especially if you are not an expert. Doing regular checks to ensure your equipment is up to date is essential, but you should also check that your equipment meets legal standards. This can be different for different equipment, so be thorough.
Maintenance Is Key
Maintaining electrical equipment is a vital part of keeping your working environment safe. Frayed wires or damaged outlets are two ways that electrical burns can occur, but if equipment seems to be slowing down or acting unpredictably, it could be time to fix or replace it.
One of the best ways to ensure that employees are safe in the workplace is to have mandatory training for all kinds of equipment. This should include heavy-duty equipment, such as the kind you would find in a construction environment, and more standard office-based equipment.
If you want to reduce the chances of electrical burns and other injuries resulting from health and safety negligence, reach out to Safety Aide. Our consultancy risk assessment service can help you to spot potential negligence and keep accidents and injuries from occurring. Get in touch to find out more about how Safety Aide can help you.
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