Health and safety should always be a priority in the workplace; whether it’s fire safety, first aid-trained members of staff, healthy-living incentives or available facilities. The safety of your employees is key to ensuring workplace happiness and consistency in the office; however the importance of health and safety at work can often be overlooked due to busy schedules and things deemed more important such as meeting deadlines etc.

A new study from data capture app provider WorkMobile revealed how health and safety handbooks and policies are often swept under the rug and not thorough enough. The survey of 2,000 employees revealed that over half wouldn’t be totally confident on how to report a workplace hazard, and 31% haven’t had their health and safety handbook updated since the start of their employment.

68% of respondents said they felt that digital health and safety solutions would make staff safety more compliant and effective, and 37% think handbooks and policies should be digitalised for easier accessibility and reading.

A huge chunk (43%) of employees admit to not reading health and safety policies, and 17% have actually put themselves at risk by not following their manual correctly, or failing to read it in the first place. 64% of those who haven’t read policies say they’d be more likely to if it was provided digitally e.g. on the company IT system or intranet.

“Workers are recognising that policies aren’t always up-to-date, and sometimes aren’t even properly communicated with staff. Now they’re demanding a more effective alternative to paper-based handbooks that will keep them safer – and they believe the answer lies in technology,” the report reads.

“We’re increasingly moving towards a paperless office, yet health and safety seems to be lagging behind when it comes to innovation. However, switching to a digital form of safety documents is extremely simple and can save businesses a lot of time and money – and headaches. With digital signatures, they’ll be able to check who has received the information and who has read it, making for greater compliancy.”

We’ve previously looked at workplace technology and how effective it can be. With the constant advances in technology, providing vital health and safety information on digital devices will boost understanding and accessibility, and ultimately make the workplace the safest it can be.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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