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Factory Safety Regulations

Employers these days need to be very careful in terms of the factory safety regulations because any harm caused to the employees can make them liable for compensation. Factory safety regulations have to be pursued in context of the following things:

  • Give a proper amount of safety and health training to all the employees. The information should be provided free of cost to them informing the hazards and the risks that are entailed in the factory and how to tackle them.
  • Distribute information brochures containing factory safety regulations among all the employees. Try to obtain as much information as you can from a legal solicitor which will help you cope up with the duties required under safety and health laws.
  • Provide for the basic safety, health and the wellbeing needs of the employees. This includes adequate washing facilities, provision of toilets and provision of drinking water for all the employees. As far as the provision of toilets is concerned, just see to the fact that they are adequately maintained with clean toilet paper and flushing facilities are checked everyday.
  • It is very necessary to follow all the factory safety regulations as any amount of injury caused to the employee can cause an employer large penalties.
  • Proper uniforms have to be provided to the employees if they are working in environments containing benzene and asbestos. Benzene and asbestos are dangerous materials and inhaling them can cause a significant amount of respiratory problems to the employees. Employees have to be properly informed about the precautions they need to take while working in environments containing such substances. Industrial injuries and illnesses have become quite frequent with regard to these kinds of substances and their use in the factories.
  • Report pertinent workplace accidents, health related diseases and unsafe occurrences inside the factory to the local authority or the HSE.
  • Carry out a simple risk assessment survey of your factory combined with what kinds of object can cause harm to the employees. It is also necessary to determine the precautions that have to be taken to protect the employees from these risks.
  • Make up a health and safety policy of your company and write down the rules that you tend to follow. One can make an oral policy but it becomes necessary to write down the policy once you have more than 5 employees.
  • Try to avail the employers' responsibility insurance for any damages that can be caused to any employee in the future. This is a legal obligation that has to be certainly met and shown on records. The certificate of this legal provision needs to be displayed on the walls or any other prominent place in the factory.

It is very necessary to claim compensation as an employee in case of an industrial injury and illness.

Slip in Public House
Mrs C whilst walking towards the bar area slipped on the wet floor of a public house whilst walking towards the bar area. She fell awkwardly causing a complex fracture of her right wrist. The insurers denied liability alleging the floor was dry and that Mrs C was drunk and jumping on the dancefloor. Cooks obtained evidence refuting this and issued the claim at Court. Settlement was reached just prior to the trial when Mrs C was awarded £20,000.00 she said:
"I would just like to say thanks to the staff who have been first class explaining things to me all the way and keeping me informed."
Mrs C from Middlesbrough