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It’s Time to Stay Safe at Work

The PDA has produced a factsheet for members to learn more about accidents at work, including the responsibilities of employers, what to do after an accident occurs, and how to reduce the risk of accidents.

Sat 4th March 2023 The PDA

The PDA is aware that reports from members about slips and trips in the workplace are on the increase, as many pharmacists continue to manage high workloads and support more patients.

Liz Larkin, PDA Organiser said, “Accidents at work can have a devastating effect on the health and wellbeing of PDA members. The PDA has supported members with slips on the floor or stairs due to spillages and leaks. We have advised other PDA members, who have slipped on items dropped onto the floor accidentally by colleagues or tripped over boxes and baskets. It can be challenging for members to deal with recovery from their injuries and some may also suffer financial hardship if their sick pay does not cover them for the length of time they are absent from work or because they are unable to return to work.”

Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees and workers under health and safety law. They must also ensure the health and safety of people who don’t work for them, such as visitors, contractors, and patients.

The PDA has published a new factsheet on accidents at work and what can be done to avoid them. It provides members with information on employer responsibilities, what hazards to look out for, who to report their concerns to, and what to do if they experience an accident at work.

The factsheet also outlines how members can seek support from the PDA and how to become a PDA Health and Safety Representative for those members who are interested in getting more involved.

Gordon Finlayson, PDA National Representative said, “Everyone has the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace. Having trade union Health and Safety Reps ensures that health and safety are given the priority it deserves. Poor health and safety standards result in more injuries to individuals and potential loss of earnings, higher absentee levels, and reputational damage to the employer.”

download the factsheet here

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