Are Staff Prepared for Health and Safety Risks From Nearby Sites?
Health and safety dangers can come from other sites too
It has already been discussed in the article "Health and Safety Risks from Other Nearby Premises" how there are dangers to the health and safety of employees not only from the activities conducted in their own workplace, but also that of organisations situated in the nearby vicinity such as the same business park.
The need for training on what neighbouring business do and the substances used
In order to be suitably prepared for health and safety risks from nearby sites, employees need to be suitably trained and taught what the other businesses do, what substances are present on their sites, and the possible hazards associated with them. Following on from this, they will also need to know what to do should an incident occur at one of these premises which subsequently has the possibility to endanger their health and safety.
Staff members will only be aware of this if they are specifically informed of the hazards present on the other sites, and taught the correct procedures for keeping them out of harm such as certain measures like lockdowns or evacuation. Providing general health and safety training and letting staff work out the dangers for themselves will not be sufficient. Even worse, simply hoping that an incident will not happen and not providing any sort of information or training in the correct course of action will similarly put lives and well-being at unnecessary risk.
Collaboration to improve health and safety
Also looked at in "Health and Safety Risks from Other Nearby Premises" is the need for, and benefits of, collaboration between owners and managers of the different organisations located in the same area. They can then cooperate on putting in place shared safety measures which contribute to the overall safety level of the entire area. Some facilities or safety features can only be constructed if all the owners agree and each provide money for its implementation, such as a night time security patrol of the entire site for instance to prevent trespass and interference with machinery.
Cooperation and improved communication can also significantly decrease the amount of time needed to alert neighbouring premises about an emergency situation and begin any evacuation or other measures which may need to be initiated in order to try and safeguard the health, safety and well-being of everybody in the premises nearby. The more time that is taken to alert others to the dangers present, the less time they will have to react, which will consequently increase the likelihood of some form of harm coming to them.