Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at the issue of accident investigation with some detailed information on what should be done when there’s an accident in the workplace followed by some advice on what should happen if the accident was a result of human error. Coincidentally, we’ve recently come across a report on a survey which has revealed that 20% of managers do not follow health and safety protocol after every employee injury or incident, a shocking state of affairs in 21st Century Britain.
The survey was in the form of a study commissioned by a law firm and conducted by Atomic Research, in which 2.000 full time and part time employees across the UK were questioned on this subject and the study has revealed some worrying gaps in fire safety procedures. It seems that a massive 46% of workers admitted that they did not receive workplace training on what actions should be taken during a fire event with some not receiving workplace training on general health and safety policies.
Of those surveyed, 46% did not even know when the fire doors were last inspected and 28% did not know when the workplace fire extinguishers were inspected. A third of respondents did not know where the accident log books for their workplace was located or even if such a log books existed! However, 89% of those surveyed claimed that they take health and safety issues seriously.
The results of the survey clearly demonstrate that there is some confusion around existing legislation amongst both managers and employees and that there is a basic lack of understanding when it comes to the consequences of misconduct in this area. With more than a third of employees (36%) admitting that they don’t feel competent when it comes to knowing all of the health and safety policies applicable in the event of an emergency, it seems that there is some work to be done so that everybody in the workplace understands that they have a vital role to play when it comes to being responsible for one another to avoid incidents in the future.
Worryingly, the survey also reveals that there are marked differences between full time and part time workers in relation to health and safety training. Part time workers seem to be particularly at risk of missing out on adequate training, with 47% of these saying that they had not received a health and safety induction since beginning their work, compared with less than a third of full time workers. Part time employees also admitted that they feel less competent than full time employees in the event of an emergency or incident, with 43% disclosing that they didn’t feel that they have enough relevant knowledge to help should an incident occur.
Here at Safety Fabrications, we recommend that companies and business owners should place a priority on providing the right health and safety training to employees to avoid future misconduct, whether this is by keeping accident log books up to date or putting in place the correct procedures to carry out regular fire drill test.