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Don't let accidents in the workplace ruin your career! Here's how to ensure your employees follow your health and safety policy

by , 06 February 2013
If SA's Minister of Mining, Susan Shabangu, gets her way, CEOs could now be held responsible for mining accidents! That's pretty extreme - but considering over a hundred miners die in avoidable workplace accidents each year, it's no wonder she's taking such a hard stance on health and safety issues in the mining industry. And your company should be too. Here's how to ensure your employees comply with your company's health and safety policy...

Targeting chief executives would take Shabangu's 'safety drive to new levels as the government tries to stem the death toll in the country's mines, the world's deepest and among the most dangerous', reports Fin24.
 
This comes on the back of Shabangu telling attendees at this week's African Mining Conference Indaba that because CEOs 'show interest in how they grow the profits, they must also show interest in [employee] safety'.
 
And this doesn't just pertain to the mining industry. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), companies are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their employees to prevent accidents happening in the workplace. 
 
But just having a health and safety policy isn't enough. You need to ensure your employees follow it. 
 
Five steps to ensure your health and safety policy is followed
 
To ensure your employees adhere to your company's health and safety policy, the Health and Safety Advisor offers these five steps:
 
Step #1: Ensure all of your employees are trained on the content and intent of your health and safety policy.
 
Step #2: Display thehealth and safety policy prominently for all your employees to see.
 
Step #3: Make thehealth and safety policy available to other people who may express interest in your company's health and safety efforts (e.g. shareholders and the community).
 
Step #4: Develop your current management system to include health and safety in all spheres.
 
Step #5: Make sure all employees are aware of their legal obligations relating to health and safety. 
 
It's that easy! Ensuring the health and safety of your employees may be your responsibility, but you can't avoid accidents in the workplace without their help. Get your employees on board today. 
 
For more additional tips, steps and advice to make your employees comply with health and safety rules, click here to try the Health and Safety Advisor
 
 


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