While workplaces across the UK have always been a source of injury, with over 100 workers killed every year across the country (HSE, 2021), the rise of Covid-19 has made health and safety a hot topic again.
The pandemic has cast light on many of the issues surrounding health and safety in the workplace, reminding employees that it’s their right to expect consideration for their well-being at work, and ensuring that employers understand their responsibility to ensure that workplaces are safe and risks are minimised for all staff.
The effects of Covid-19 on workplace mentality
Within months of Covid-19 being dubbed a global pandemic by WHO, workplaces across the UK were scrabbling to implement sufficient health and safety measures to make their spaces ‘Covid-secure’.
From plastic screens to PPE, employers did not hesitate to protect both staff and customers; this was no doubt partially motivated by incoming regulations and partially by the PR disaster that it would have been to not implement such measures.
But, regardless of the reason, the tide changed. Suddenly, employees had the reminder they needed that their safety and wellbeing should be the top priority of their employer. And to employers, it became very clear that keeping staff healthy was key to successful, productive business flows and employee morale.
How can we make health and safety at work a priority from here on?
Perhaps one silver lining of the pandemic is that cultural attitudes towards health in the workplace have shifted permanently. It’s no longer acceptable to demand staff to turn up to work ridden with flu, nor is it acceptable to send workers onto a dangerous shop floor without adequate protective wear.
Of course, many of the measures that businesses took during the pandemic aren’t sustainable in the long run; from buying expensive disposable PPE to reducing capacity on the shop floor, all of these methods come with considerable costs that eat into profitability – which isn’t bad for employers or their employees.
Instead, it’s important for employers to find ways to protect their staff that are both effective and economical. This is where technology has an important role to play.
How can technology help us to keep workplaces safe?
Technology is the key to cost-effective health and safety measures, offering excellent returns on small investments. New technology such as access control systems will help to keep employees in safe environments – when combined with CCTV monitoring and other measures.
Smartphones are an excellent platform for delivering health and safety tools and applications that are easy to access at home, at work, or anywhere. Most staff will have their own smartphones, or they can be provided to employees at a low cost.
Health and safety apps like Zecure also make employees feel more secure, ensuring they’re never without a simple way to call for help or record potential workplace accidents. Zecure is a SaaS, which means businesses pay for it as they use it, without unaffordable setup costs.
To find out more about how Zecure can help you to keep your workplace safe, contact us today.
Work-related fatal injuries in Great Britain, HSE, 2021. https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm