Just how seriously does your business take safety in the workplace? Is it a top priority for you, or do you just put in time and effort because it is legally required? Do you put in the minimal amount of effort merely to comply with legal and industry standards, or are you genuinely concerned with the health and safety of your employees? It is inspiring to see just how many businesses have taken a step in the right direction where safety in the workplace is about more than just complying, but more about ensuring that employees feel appreciated, valued, and protected.
When trying to create safety in the workplace, it is important to be strategic. In most instances, the services of an occupational health and safety specialist is required to ensure that the health and safety plan is carefully crafted, implemented, and then monitored on an ongoing basis. This type of strategy ensures that your workplace safety standards are never compromised, and only improve with time.
What is a Workplace Hazard or Risk?
When you think about occupational health and safety in the workplace, you probably mainly think about potential hazards, such as oil and water spills, fires, chemical burns or exposure, and similar. In these types of instances, how employees handle their workplace and duties can lead to greater safety, but that is not all that workplace safety is about. Some things cannot be helped by employees, such as noise pollution, which can cause hearing loss; a dusty or smoky environment, which can cause respiratory problems; or even a lack of protective gear when working with heavy machinery and dangerous equipment.
What Your Workplace Safety Strategy Should Involve
When creating a strategy and plan for safety in the workplace, it is important to ensure that employees know how to safely carry out tasks, but that is not all. Certain elements need to be monitored and checked on an ongoing basis. Occupational hygiene forms a large part of any workplace safety plan, and at IOH Solutions, we can provide you with a comprehensive list of services. Our occupational hygiene services include the following:
- Asbestos identification
- Health risk assessments
- Noise monitoring
- Vibration monitoring
- Chemical compatibility
- Indoor air quality assessment
- Water quality sampling
- Workplace ergonomics
- Hazardous biological sampling
- Thermal stress
- Hazardous chemical substances
Why Choose IOH Solutions?
While there are various occupational health and safety specialists who can assist you with safety in the workplace, we firmly believe that IOH Solutions has the quality of service that your business deserves. We are a registered and approved inspection authority with the Department of Labour, which means that we achieve a certain level of service excellence, and our specialist advice can be trusted and listened to. IOH Solutions is also SANAS accredited and registered with the South African Institute for Occupational Hygiene.
If you would like to learn more about safety in the workplace, and how to protect your business and your workforce from potential hazards and risks, we warmly welcome you to get in touch with us. We can assess your premises, and provide you with helpful advice and guidance. For more information, contact us via email or telephone today.