Our guide to working safely

Ensuring workplace safety for your team is crucial. Our quick guide provides tips on safe practices, PPE usage, and risk assessments to keep your workers protected while on the job.

At Smiths Hire, safety is paramount in every aspect of our operations, especially when it comes to equipping teams in industries such as construction sites, landscaping areas, and warehouses. As a leading provider of tool hire solutions, we recognise the crucial role that proper equipment plays in ensuring workplace safety. We have a proven track record of providing our customers with the equipment and advice they need to get the job done with complete safety and peace of mind. So, with that in mind, here are some important considerations to keep in mind to keep your own team safe while on the job.

Always equip your staff with PPE

The first step to maintaining a safe and comfortable working environment is to equip every member of your team with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This is especially important in places such as construction sites, landscaping areas, and warehouses where people are exposed to various hazards, including falling debris and extreme weather conditions. Equipping your staff with the appropriate gear means you can significantly reduce these risks and ensure their safety.

Standard PPE consists of helmets, gloves, safety goggles, hearing protection, and high-visibility clothing that’s tailored to meet the specific requirements of each environment. And of course, harnesses and similar pieces of equipment are also essential for team members working at height, such as on rooftops and in high-risk work areas like construction sites and warehouses.

Always carry out your risk assessments

Before beginning any work, it’s crucial to conduct comprehensive risk assessments, whether indoors or outdoors. This is particularly important in outdoor environments like construction sites and landscaping areas, where numerous ever-changing factors are present, such as terrain and weather conditions.

Identifying any risks beforehand helps your team to ensure they’re taking the appropriate remedial measures and stay safe while carrying out the job. Indoor settings like warehouses and workshops also present their fair share of hazards, such as heavy machinery and stored materials, making a risk assessment equally essential. Conducting risk assessments before starting any job, no matter the setting can help create safer workspaces and protect your employees’ well-being.

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Ensure your staff are following the proper protocol

To ensure the safety of all employees and others around them, it’s vital to have procedures in place to ensure that they follow established protocols when handling equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and power tools. Good communication, teamwork, and coordination among workers are also crucial in minimising accidents and injuries. As an employer, you have a pivotal role in creating a safer work environment by promoting a culture of safety and compliance. And of course, it’s equally important to ensure that you’re maintaining compliance with HSE regulations.

Keep your staff safe with the latest training

Practical training is essential for ensuring workplace safety. Employers are legally required to provide comprehensive programs covering safety protocols, equipment usage, and emergency procedures. One great way to reinforce safe practices and prepare your team for emergencies is by conducting regular training sessions. Proper training boosts employee confidence, reduces accidents, and fosters a positive workplace culture. Plus, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! And that’s where we come in here at Smiths Hire.

Smiths Training offers industry-leading courses, including IPAF, PASMA, and First Aid, ensuring your staff has the skills for safe and effective operations. With training centres across North West England and e-Learning options available, Smiths Training makes it convenient for your team to access top-notch training. Invest in your staff’s safety and competence with Smiths Training courses today. Call our Smiths Training team on 0333 323 2022.

Ensuring a safe work environment is crucial for any business to succeed. We’re committed to providing top-notch services that will help your business thrive while keeping your team safe. These services include specialised training, eco-friendly solutions, reliable tool hire, and specialised equipment. With 16 depots across the North West and Yorkshire, including major cities like Manchester, Liverpool, and Leeds, you can rest assured that we’ll be able to help out, no matter where you’re based. Whether you visit us in person or give our friendly team a call on 0333 323 2100, we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!