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A date for the diary – World Day for Safety & Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work explores safe and healthy working environments as a fundamental principle and right at work. The day which is observed every year on the same date promotes the prevention of occupation accidents and work-related deaths.
Did you know here at LEBC we have a team of Nebosh and IOSH Health & Safety Assessors. The team support local employers to comply with the required insurances, health, safety, and welfare checks to provide safe and impactful work experience placements for young people.
In support of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Kate, our Health and Safety Manager, wanted to share her Top 5 Tips for keeping young people safe in the workplace.
1) A great first day is essential for hosting a young person on any work-related experience, a nice warm welcome and a tour of the premises make them feel as comfortable as possible in the unfamiliar surroundings.
2) Strong induction, on their first morning make sure a signed-off induction has been completed, and the young person is made aware of all emergency procedures, evacuation routes, key personnel (first aiders, etc), PPE, workplace hazards, work equipment, machinery, and areas out-of-bounds.

3) Make them aware of the fire assembly point or muster points, if the building is large or routes are complicated walk them to the assembly point and explain that they must just evacuate if they hear the alarm, they shouldn’t be helping or assisting others or shutting down machinery.
4) Discuss all welfare areas that they can use, and how to use the hot drinks facilities.
5) Lastly, double-check that they have a full understanding of how important it is to follow Health & Safety rules in the workplace and any possible consequences of not following them correctly.

If you want to know more about our Health & Safety services, get in touch with Kate Wardle on Kate.Wardle@leics-ebc.org.uk.