A healthy work environment is one that is empowering, safe, fulfilling and pleasurable to go to. Opposite to this is an environment no one wants to go to because it is unsafe, mentally and physically draining on the mind and body and depressing.

This is why retailers and those in other industries need to ensure they provide a working environment that is safe and healthy for all employees and customers.

Responsibility of a safe working environment does not rest solely with the employer, but all employees.

If you walk into a store and one of the displays has fallen down, do you wait for the store manager to pick it up or do you as an employee of the store, pick it up and either put it back where it should be or take it off the shop floor if it’s unsafe to put it back.

The answer is you as an employee would pick it up, provided it is not too heavy, access whether to put it back or take if off the shop floor.

A knowledge of health and safety is important and there are regular health and safety course all employees have to do which require questions to be answered and a certain pass rate achieved. These courses are to be completed by all members of an organization from the CEO to the shop floor worker to those working in the docks as everyone has a responsibility for the environment they work in

These courses although irritating to do, as it is always required to be completed at a busy time of the year, is essential and helps empower workers to make appropriate health and safety decisions when needed.

Thankfully, due to legislation, there is a requirement for there to be a health and safety officer at each business location. They are there to ensure rules are being followed and to answer any questions that may arise. They are however not solely responsible for making sure the work environment is a danger free zone.

This responsibility also extends to other areas of the workplace. If the hot water coming out of the taps is too hot, if the protein supplements such as that reviewed at topwheyproteinisoate that is offered at work for those who like to workout during lunch time, are out of date, if the milk in the fridge is off, it is the responsibility of whoever discovers this to inform the relevant person so a plumber can be called. Before, hand though, put a note on the tap warning people it’s the water is too hot. The milk and protein supplement should be disposed of and new ones ordered.

On the whole, we all want to work in a pleasant environment and together this can be achieved.

The penalties for organisations that do not comply to health and safety regulations consist of fines, closure and in certain cases, jail time for employees depending on the severity of the offence.

This shows that health and safety should be taken seriously in the work place by all.