Work and Wellbeing Letitia Booty · 7 August 2017
Young people more likely to put themselves at risk of harm at work
Furthermore, younger people are also less likely to know how to deal with a hazardous situation 33 per cent said they would not know what to do, compared to 67 per cent of 45-65 year olds.
colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile, said: Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of employers to ensure they are supplying staff with the necessary information and guidance to allow them to work in an appropriate manner. But while most businesses are meeting this legal requirement, it’s extremely concerning to see is that many young people are failing to take health and safety seriously and are putting themselves in danger by not following the correct procedures. for business owners, it can be difficult to know whether employees have actually read their handbooks and are up to speed with on the company’s health and safety products. To make sure young people are following the correct procedures, Yates recommend that companies consider introducing frequent meetings or updates to discuss health and safety in the workplace, so it remains front of mind for employees and they are aware of what to do if a hazardous situation was to occur.
ABOUT THE EXPERTLetitia Booty
Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Business Advice. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.