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Six top tips to excellent health and safety management

4th March 2024

Having an effective health and safety management system for your company not only demonstrates your commitment to the wellbeing of your employees but can also help you improve your business processes. This ultimately can lead to great efficiency and profitability. Here are six top tips to help you improve your organisation’s health and safety performance.

Assign a leadership team
For a business to have a robust and effective approach to health and safety, it must be treated as a priority by management. This includes incorporating it into top level business plans as well as the day-to-day company activities. For the lift industry, where there are additional health and safety requirements, it may be advisable to assign a team to take the lead on ensuring you are meeting your regulatory requirements, both on and off-site.

Engage employees
Creating a top tier health and safety culture at work requires every employee to play their part, and this can prove tricky in the lift industry when you have staff based in different locations.  One of the roles of the leadership team is to inspire employees to be dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace. Staff should know their roles and the risks they face better than anyone, which means you won’t be able to effectively mitigate them without their full cooperation. Their on-the-ground expertise can also help you identify solutions to problems you may not have thought of.

Continuous training
Encouraging your engineers to get involved in the creation of, and take ownership of, plans and procedures makes it more likely they will want to follow them. They should also undertake regular training to stay up to date with the latest safety guidance. Toolbox Talks are recognised as a standard form of training in the lift industry and are great way to refresh your knowledge on issues such as asbestos, manual handling, pit access ladders and so on. They are also quick to complete (within 15 minutes) so there shouldn’t be any reason not to do them.

Have policies in place
If you have a good leadership team and employee engagement, you should also ensure you have the right health and safety policies in place for your company to follow. Health and safety policies tailored for the lift industry will help prevent and remove risks from employees as well as members of the public. In addition, you should also work towards an accreditation such as ISO 45001, the international standard for occupational health and safety management which will provide your company with a structured framework. Holding ISO certification demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to health and safety and will assist with your compliance and legal requirements.

Showcase your health and safety measures
Once your health and safety measures are in place, you should showcase your company by becoming LiftSafe. When a lift subcontractor is listed on the LiftSafe register, their skills and qualifications are available for contractors to see. This will allow them to view your company certifications and accreditations, as well as your engineers’ qualifications to make sure you meet their requirements. Ultimately this could lead to new business opportunities.

Monitor and review
Once you have a Health and Safety Management system in place, the work isn’t over. For it to remain effective, plans and processes should be maintained, regularly reviewed and adapted when new risks come to light.

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