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. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), while there has been a long-term downward decline in work-related injuries, in 2015/16, 144 workers were killed at work and an estimated 621,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries. For more information to help support the health and wellbeing of your employees please click here.
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