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Prevent 88% of all workplace accidents by doing these three things

by , 18 January 2013
According to studies, 88% of the 1.6 million workplace accidents that occur each year are a result of unsafe practices by employers either because they don't know how to the job properly or because the neglect to adhere to the company's health and safety regulations. And the scary part is even if you make your employees sign an indemnity form, you, the company CEO, will be liable for damages should an accident occur. Here are three things you can do to make health and safety a priority at your company...

Fact: Just because an employee has been at your company a long time, doesn't mean he is trained to comply with your company's health and safety regulations. In fact, statistics show that people who've been at a company a long time are more likely to take short cuts that lead to workplace accidents than employees that have only been with the company a short while. 
 
And while your employees think that ensuring the health and safety of workers is the job of the employer, the terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS) requireboth employers and employees to actively eliminate health and safetyrisks at work.
 
The Health and Safety Advisor outlines three ways to ensure your employees comply with the OHS:
 
Three ways to make health and safety compliance a priority at your company
 
1. Train your employees on correct processes to handling equipment safely and ensure they know the procedures they need to follow in the event of an emergency like a fire. Make sure you drill them regularly so that adhere to health and safety regulations becomes second nature.
 
2. Make health and safety compliance a clause in your contracts of employment. Your employment contract should contain a clause that states: 'Failure to adhere to health and safety regulations may lead to disciplinary action and/or possible dismissal.' Remember to apply this rule continuously to build a culture of safety and awareness and take disciplinary action in case of abuse.
 
3. Be up-to-date with all health and safety rules and regulations: If the Department of Labour inspects your workplace and an employee is found guilty of negligence or wilful misconduct, he could be fined. The maximum penalty for non-compliance to the OHS is R50 000 or one year in jail – or both! 
 
To make health and safety compliance easier, the The Health and Safety Advisor has just produced a variety of checklists to help you reduce the risk of workplace accidents occurring in your company. You can get your hands on them here…
 
For more tips to making your company a safer place, read:
 
 
 

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