Whistleblowing Health & Safety
Source and further information can be found from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
What are the basics of Health & safety?
You must be provided with the right workplace facilities for everyone in your workplace, including people with disabilities.
Basic things that need to be considered are:
- toilets and hand basins, with soap and towels or a hand-dryer
- drinking water
- a place to store clothing (and somewhere to change if special clothing is worn for work)
- somewhere to rest and eat meals.
To have a healthy working environment, make sure there is:
- good ventilation – a supply of fresh, clean air drawn from outside or a ventilation system
- a reasonable working temperature (usually at least 16 degrees centigrade)
- lighting suitable for the work being carried out
- enough room space and suitable workstations and seating
- a clean workplace with appropriate waste containers.
To keep your workplace safe, you must:
- properly maintain your premises and work equipment
- keep floors and traffic routes free from obstruction
- have windows that can be opened and also cleaned safely
- make sure that any transparent (e.g. glass) doors or walls are protected or made of safety material.
You must have First-Aid arrangements in your workplace:
- Employees should be able to receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work. Arrangements will depend on the particular circumstances of the workplace.
- As a minimum, you must have:
- a suitably stocked first-aid box
- an appointed person to take charge of first-aid arrangements
- information for all employees giving details of first-aid arrangements.
- Under health and safety law, you must report and keep a record of certain injuries, incidents and cases of work-related disease.
What can you do if you identify a Health & safety risk?
You should take any action as quickly as possible. It is always best to try to resolve this informally in the first instance with your line manager.
However, if this fails there are a number of options to consider:
- Speaking to HR
- Reporting it directly to the HSE www.hse.gov.uk/riddor