Safety procedures will have a different set of guidelines depending on the hazardous materials existing in the building.
As an employer, it is of the utmost importance that certain basic safety regulations are encouraged and enforced in the workplace to reduce due diligence risks:
Accidents may still occur despite taking every precaution with hazardous building materials. Helia EHS can advise you on health and safety standards to implement in your building for such cases. Under legislation in Australia (e.g. Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011), it’s recommended to follow safety measures that should be enforced in businesses and workplaces:
Ensure entry and exit signs are properly in place.
Provide a first aid kit that is easily accessible in the building.
Supply appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the workforce when dealing with hazards.
Ensure all hazardous materials are correctly labelled and stored.
No food consumption should be allowed near hazardous substances.
Employees should wash and disinfect their hands after handling such materials even if they wore protective equipment.
Evacuation procedures should be set in place in case of an emergency.
Provide emergency training to employees or building occupants
Preventative measures are essential to managing any incidents (that could lead to personnel injuries) that could occur in buildings or workplaces.
Based on client requirements, part of Helia EHS’s building (transaction) Due Diligence investigation services is conducting an assessment on the following materials: