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TEAM Talks: Maintaining Vigilance in Low-Risk Workplaces

Maintaining Vigilance in Low-Risk Workplaces

Monday  8th July, 2024

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In the realm of workplace safety, the term "low-risk" often provides a false sense of security. Many assume that low-risk environments require less attention to health and safety protocols. However, complacency can lead to unexpected hazards. At TEAM Safety Services, we would like to emphasise that every workplace, regardless of its risk level, must maintain stringent safety standards.


The Reality of Low-Risk Workplaces


Potential dangers still exist in environments categorised as low-risk, such as offices, retail stores, or educational institutions. These can range from improper use of display screen equipment and poor manual handling practices to insufficient fire safety measures. Neglecting these areas can lead to significant injuries and, in severe cases, fatalities.


During the 2022/23 reporting year, RIDDOR data revealed 60,645 non-fatal workplace injuries reported by companies in Great Britain. Additionally, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) indicated another 561,000 self-reported injuries, bringing the total to 621,645 workplace injuries for the year. 


Among the RIDDOR company-reported injuries, which are typically more severe, 42,920 cases resulted in workers being incapacitated for seven days or longer, accounting for 71% of all reported injuries.

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Common Hazards in Low-Risk Workplaces


  1. Health and Safety: General awareness of potential hazards and safety protocols, such as good housekeeping to avoid slips, trips and falls. 
  2. Display Screen Equipment: Ergonomic risks associated with prolonged use of computers.
  3. Manual Handling: Injuries from lifting and moving objects improperly.
  4. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH): Exposure to hazardous substances, which are often overlooked in low-risk settings.
  5. Fire Safety: Ensuring fire safety measures are in place and employees are trained to respond appropriately.
  6. Using Ladders: Risks associated with working at heights, even for short durations.

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Most Common Non-Fatal Workplace Injuries 


The most frequent type of non-fatal workplace accident resulting in employee injuries happens when handling, lifting, or carrying objects. These incidents, which can lead to back and wrist injuries, among others, accounted for 20% of all workplace injuries. 


Slips, trips, and falls were the second most common type of accident in the workplace in Great Britain, with approximately 19% of all work-related injuries (18% of self-reported LFS data and 29% of RIDDOR-reported incidents). These accidents often result in injuries to ankles, backs, wrists, and heads. 


Additionally, being struck by a moving object accounted for 8% of workplace injuries.


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Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction


At TEAM Safety Services, we are proud to introduce our new eLearning course, the Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction eLearning. Priced at just £17 per person, this comprehensive course covers essential topics, ensuring your team is well-informed about safety protocols and remains safe. 


Course Benefits

  • Time-Efficient: Employees can complete the course in just 30-45 minutes.
  • Convenient: Accessible from home or the workplace with a laptop or computer.
  • Comprehensive: Covers 6 essential safety topics relevant to low-risk environments.

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By investing a small amount of time and money into this course, you can ensure your employees are well-equipped to handle potential hazards, maintaining a safe and productive workplace.

 

No workplace is entirely free from risk. By acknowledging and addressing the dangers present in low-risk environments, companies can prevent injuries and promote a culture of safety. TEAM Safety Services' Low-Risk Workplace Safety Induction course provides an easy and effective way to ensure your team remains vigilant and well-informed. Sign up today and take the first step towards a safer workplace.


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