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Safety Signage Encouraged 'To Set Good Safety Example'

Posted by Fay Bromilow on

Investing in internal LED displays for safety notices in your workplace could set a good example.

This is according to an expert at Employers Holdings, a speciality provider of workers' compensation insurance in the US, who has urged bosses to create a safety culture in the workplace.

David Quezada, vice-president of Loss Control at the company, said: "Business owners and management need to set an example by offering regular training and displaying proper safety signage, as well as by being open to their employees who report concerns.

"Yet with the need for small business owners to wear many hats, and without the luxury of dedicated risk professionals on staff, many could benefit from additional resources to help them foster a safe work environment," he added.

Quezada encouraged employers to identify and assess safety hazards in the workplace, to train and educate their employees regularly and to conduct regular workplace safety audits and hold safety meetings.

Small businesses, he said, are especially encouraged to foster a safe working environment culture, safeguarding their most important assets - their employees.

A survey conducted by Employers revealed that a safe working environment is a top factor for employees considering a new job offer, coming in behind compensation, distance to their home and the quality of their co-workers.

The Health and Safety Executive's most recent figures revealed that in the UK there has been a downward trend in fatal work-related injuries - which directly correlates with the introduction of the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996.

In 1996, there were 0.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers, while in 2017, that figure shrank to 0.4.

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