As an employer you're liable for your employee's actions if they don't comply with the law. This responsibility is referred to as 'vicarious liability', says the Health&Safety Advisor.
But the good news is you can protect your company against vicarious liability by using the following steps:
Take these three steps to protect your company from vicarious liability
Step #1: Educate and train
Educate and train your employees about your company's health and safety procedures and the penalties they'll face if they fail to comply with these.
Step #2: Make rules
Implement rules to ensure your employees comply with your health and safety procedures.
Write these rules down and ensure your employees have access to them. It's advisable to make your employees sign to confirm they're aware of the rules and understand them.
Step #3: Discipline
Make sure you treat a failure to comply with these rules as misconduct and discipline your employees. Make sure you follow the correct disciplinary procedure.
Remember to keep all documents and records of disciplinary steps you've taken. These documents will give the evidence you need to show the CCMA Commissioner that you followed fair disciplinary procedures before dismissing your employee, advises the Health and Safety Bulletin.
Use these steps to protect your company against vicarious liability if your employees don't comply with the law.
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