Health and safety is an issue that all workplaces deal with on a daily basis. Whether you’re in an office, working in a Warehouse or on a construction site, safety equipment will be an important part of what you do.
Finding a safety supplier is not a hard task today with an abundance of companies providing a wide variety of safety equipment and clothing. Without the proper knowledge you will be putting a lot of trust into your supplier to ensure the safety of your staff. Often samples and products are given out without the appropriate knowledge around specifications and certifications.
The incorrect use or specification of a product in the workplace could cause injuries and potentially fatalities. Many of New Zealand’s industries involve high risk equipment and tasks. If you have used an insufficient product your business could be affected through the closure of the workplace, downtime for injuries, damaged products or equipment and that is without mentioning personal and business related fines.
On average 51 Kiwis are killed a year in the workplace with 346 people being seriously injured in incidents with a high threat to their life. The incorrect safety equipment and use will be a factor in the cases making up these statistics. If you are liable for an incident in your workplace you could be personally fined up to $150,000 or $1.5 million for a business.
Having access to specialists who can review your business’ safety needs can help ensure that you are getting the protection you need. Running trials, reviewing systems and educating staff around safety products and their usage can make a massive difference on workplace safety.
Snell have Safety specialists who are ready and on hand to offer friendly, informative and customer specific advice. For more information on our safety specialists please contact your Snell representative.