Explain the purpose of following health, safety and security procedures in a business environment.
In order to protect employers, employees and other third parties connected with any business, laws have been created. Without these laws people would be unprotected and things could get out of control. The laws help businesses create codes of conduct, organisational rules and procedures to apply to all parties. An example is the Health & safety regulation 1974 put in place to protect all employees in their employment, covering hours, safety procedures, protective equipment and training.
Health, safety and welfare procedures are put in place in a business environment to protect the people who work there or who are connected with the business, where I work, we have annual training reviews, regular training sessions covering occupational health issues, inductions, contracts of employment, workshop safety rules, equipment training including abrasive wheels, machinery maintenance, working on site risk assessments, hours of working, RPE, HAVS and working at height toolbox talks.
Security alarms prevent burglary or theft from unauthorised people, and can also protect from personal injury to staff and loss of equipment from the premises. A fire alarm also protects everyone from fire. Both alarms should be maintained by the installer regularly.
Confidential information also needs to be protected and any other data stored relating to staff and their personal information. Anti-virus programs should be installed on all computers to protect from hackers and viruses, and backed up onto an external hard drive and locked away.
Organisational rules and safe working procedures are put in place and are to be adhered to, for legal, moral and economic reasons. If there are no procedures put in place then the directors could be prosecuted for failure to comply to the relevant laws. The courts will see this behaviour as serious and if any accidents have occurred, a...