Banishing Health and Safety Myths
Our Dental Partners have a wealth of experience in guiding practice managers through the fact and fiction when it comes to health and safety legislation. We will help you tackle the maze of legislation, regulation, requirements and rules so you have everything in place for a happy and safe dental practice.
In today’s society we often hear health and safety legislation blamed for restricting our activities. In fact, more often than not, these supposed truths are merely myths which have been popularised through constant discussion and debate.
So how do we sort out the truths from the myths? No dental practice manager wants to spend hours sifting through legislation or spend money where it’s not needed just in case there might be a regulation we need to cover.
The Dental Partner team is here to help sort through.
Some health and safety myth examples:
- Every possible risk needs a safety sign
- Children were banned from riding at a donkey derby
- Kids must wear goggles to play conkers
- A qualified electrician must test all office equipment every year
- The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has banned stepladders
- Health and safety laws ban bonfires
- Adults can’t put plasters on children’s cuts
- Hanging baskets are banned
- Health and safety rules stop classroom experiments
- People don’t have to take any responsibility for their own health and safety
- You can’t wear flip-flops to work
- If you call the HSE for help, you’ll end up with an unwanted inspection
- Risk assessment is too complicated for me to do, I need a professional audit
These are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and highlight the need to recognise what is and isn’t required in order to ensure you are not carrying out needless tasks such as PAT testing – insurance companies ask for this, not HSE.
Just ask yourself, have you ever received a call from an insurance company selling PAT testing?
Accidents are always going to happen. We just need to make sure that we limit them and ensure we have done as much as possible to reduce the chance of the accident happening. We cannot live in a life of no accidents and facing no risks. We need to ensure that we are realistic.
The law states that you have ‘to do everything that is reasonably practicable’. This includes the cost and time implications to your business. Keep it all realistic to you. That does not mean do nothing, it just means do what is ‘reasonable’.
How Dental Partner can help
Feeling overwhelmed with health and safety legislation? Dental Partner can help.
For more information about real health and safety planning for your dental practice, and how you can sort myth from fact, contact the Dental Partner team now. Our Dental Partners have a wealth of experience in this area. We will help you tackle the maze of health and safety legislation, regulation, requirements and rules. And come through the other side with everything in place for a happy and safe dental practice.
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