10 Health & Safety Hazards To Watch Out For This Christmas
10 Health & Safety Hazards
To Watch Out For This†
Christmas is a time for joy and laughter, but it
is a time for increased health and safety hazards.
With your workplace more relaxed and winding down for the holidays, you need to be sure that are looking out for any potential accidents more than ever. With that in mind, ACT Associates have put together our top ten health and safety hazards to look out for this Christmas...
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Fairy lights add a festive sparkle to any officeÖ but keep an eye on how old they are and look for any loose connections or wires. There is no need to PAT test your lights every year, but use common sense when handling old or second-hand lights.
†While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Shepherds may have needed candles, but your workplace doesnít. The risks of naked flames are very obvious, but make sure your workforce is aware of this. Festive scents can make a happy office, but the smell of burning less so!
Iím Dreaming of a White Christmas
Snow and ice make everything pretty, but they also pose a huge hazard. Beware of the potential for workers to slip or fall when travelling to or from your site, and adjust maintenance and signage appropriately.
Sleigh Bells RingÖ
Drink driving rises over Christmas and New Year, so ensure that all employees that might be driving at all over the festive period, whether it is for work or travelling to and from the office party, know that alcohol stays in the system for a significant time.
Baby, Itís Cold Outside
When itís cold, illnesses and viruses increase, so you could find a surge in sniffling workers! Depending on company policy and what sort of environment you are in, itís always worthwhile to ensure that hygiene practices are being adhered to and employees go home when they are feeling ill.
Fairytale of New York
Arguments can increase over the festive period, and as tempers rise so can carelessness. Carelessness also leads to accidents, so heated disagreements over the correct proportion of sprouts on your Christmas dinner plate should be avoided.
Christmas Time (Donít Let the Bells End)
Christmas is a time for good cheer. But when that good cheer stops and the hangover kicks in, itís a good time to keep an eye on your staff. Hangovers can cause a severe drop in concentration.
Rockiní Around the Christmas Tree
With an influx of lights, decorations and other Christmas paraphernalia, it can be all too easy to trip over wires or a large inflatable snowman that wasnít there when you last looked. Keep walkways and public areas as clear as possible and use tape or cable ties to keep wires out of the way.
Driving Home for Christmas
Itís a long hard slog to get to Christmas time, and tiredness is a key factor. Ensure that everyone pays attention to their tasks, especially around machinery.
Finally, stress is a major hazard to public health and safety - and to your own wonderful Christmas. Ensure you and your staff take some time to relax and enjoy your holidays so that you're refreshed for the new year!
Health and safety is imperative in any workplace, and it really needs to remain on everyone's mind over Christmas (even though you're thinking of nicer things). Therefore, it is absolutely key that employers and staff members are well aware of the serious & important aspects of health and safety, and if they're not, training such as the NEBOSH National Diploma, NEBOSH General Certificate, IOSH Managing Safely or more general health and safety training should be a high priority.