The first few months of the year can be a busy time for many businesses. Increased demand applies extra pressure across supply chains, whether that is manufacturing more products or shipping them out to expectant customers.
To cope with this it is logical for a company to think about hiring temporary or agency staff to aid permanent workers. For instance, internet retail giant Amazon took on 10,000 temporary workers in the UK alone to meet demand over the Christmas period in 2012.
Whether you are looking to take on one or thousands of extra temporary/agency staff it is important to consider that they have the same rights as permanent employees. This includes having access to the appropriate health and safety training and the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for them to do their job.
As temporary workers might only be required for a matter of weeks they need to be able to safely perform duties as soon as possible. Part of this is the provision of clear and concise training, enabling new starters to quickly pick up essential information. Once an initial induction is complete, key information should be continually reiterated and available to workers as they carry out their day-to-day duties, as elements of training are frequently forgotten.
It is a good idea to display easy-to-understand visual aids around the workplace explaining the equipment required for each task and its safe use. For example, posters are available from the Health and Safety Executive which demonstrate how to best remove reusable gloves.
At TraffiGlove, we recognise that staff and managers need a quick and effective way of knowing that they are using the right gloves for the job.
This is ideal for workers who are unfamiliar with the type of gloves they should be using for certain tasks. Creating a poster or document outlining which colour gloves to use for which job takes the strain out of ensuring everyone is wearing the correct PPE. We have a range of TraffiGlove posters, that we provide to clients completely free-of-charge. Having colour-coded gloves also enables supervisors to quickly spot whether or not workers are wearing the right ones for what they are doing, helping to prevent injuries before they happen.
So, when thinking about taking on extra staff, plan ahead and consider how you are going to get them fully compliant with your health and safety procedures. A temporary employee becoming injured due to not using the right equipment is a surprise nobody wants this year.
For more information on how TraffiGlove can help, or to request a poster, please don't hesitate to contact us.