Document storage has important and potentially costly health & safety implications that all employers are well-advised to heed.
The devastating effects of injury in the workplace
Official statistics make sobering reading. According to the Health & Safety Executive figures, falls, slips & trips account for more than half of all reported major injuries and almost a third of injuries that involve employees needing three days or more off work.
Handling injuries are the most commonly reported as well as the most frequent cause of absences lasting three days or longer – and the fourth most often reported category of major injury.
In total, an estimated two million working days are lost annually due to handling injuries, falls, slips and trips.
Risks to your staff caused by storing and destroying records
Despite these salutary statistics, it’s all too common for businesses to place boxes of files on office floors, where there is a risk of workers tripping over them.
There is also a danger of staff injuring themselves lifting and carrying heavy boxes of documents as office space becomes more and more congested.
A third, equally concerning health & safety issue is ensuring that staff are properly trained to insert sensitive documents into shredding machinery. If they are not, serious injuries could result from hair or an item of clothing getting caught in the shredding mechanism.
Removing dangers of injury by tackling the underlying issues
As information management problem solvers, we can remove these risks by tackling the source.
By outsourcing your document storage and records management to IBEX, you can radically reduce the danger of staff injuries resulting from slips, trips and heavy lifting. Our off-site records management facility and on-site records management consultancy service frees up office space, while ensuring swift retrieval of records when they are required.
Meanwhile, our secure destruction service means you needn’t buy your own shredding equipment and spend money on training staff to HSE standards in order to use it. We also give you complete confidence that your information has been destroyed in totally secure conditions.
To find out more about how your business or organisation can benefit from a fully integrated information management system, contact IBEX – the problem solvers on 01772 563146 or contact us via our online enquiry form.