Health and Safety

Health and safety

All employees are entitled to work in a safe environment where risks to their health are properly controlled. This includes adequate welfare facilities such as toilets, access to drinking water and adequate ventilation. 

Organisations are increasingly aware that health, safety and wellbeing is more than just the absence of work-related disease or injury. There is also an emphasis on achieving physical, mental and social contentment amongst staff.

Find more resources about taking breaks at work, keeping hydrated and having access to nutritional food here.

Why does it matter to employers?

There is a robust legal framework that employers must follow to ensure they comply with relevant health and safety laws.

Health and social care workers are exposed to a number of workplace-related hazards and so experience a disproportionate number of injuries or ill-health – all which could be prevented when correct health and safety guidelines are followed.

Ill health and injury can present significant costs to an organisation in terms of sickness absence, loss of skilled workers and agency spend. Defending legal claims also has significant financial implications.

Good employers utilise the working environment as a place to promote health and wellbeing. For example, by providing access to healthy eating options and opportunities for staff to participate in exercise.

The benefits of workplace health promotion include:

  • increased productivity
  • reduced staff absences
  • improved staff morale

Does your organisation actively promote health and safety?

Carry out a health check on your organisation

The healthy workplace toolkit supports you as a health care employer, RCN rep, employment agency or host organisation to create healthy working environments.
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Rest, Rehydrate, Refuel

Find resources and posters with information, advice and tips about breaks at work, keeping hydrated and employers' responsibilities.

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Page last updated - 03/08/2019