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Seven tasks your employees can do to help you maintain a healthy and clean work environment so you comply with Environmental Regulations

by , 17 February 2015
Environmental Regulations make it clear that you have a legal duty to provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment.

But where do you start if you want to comply?

Simply get your employees to help you. After all, workplace health and safety is a collective effort.

Here are the seven tasks your employees can do to help you maintain a healthy and clean work environment so you can comply with environmental laws.


Health and safety is a collective effort. Get your employees to do the following to help you comply with environmental law

 
Advise your employees to:
 
1. Recycle plastic, paper, wood, metal, cardboard and other items.
 
To make this easier, have different bins and mark them so employees remember to recycle and not throw everything in one bin.
 
Getting your employees to recycle will also help your company reap these benefits:
 
  • You can save money and receive income for your waste. Recycling companies pay for recyclable waste. If you want to, you can send the waste to them and earn an extra income;
 
  • You'll improve your company's housekeeping;
 
  • You'll have additional work space by recycling items you no longer use;
 
  • Your company will improve its waste management programme; and
 
  • You'll have proof of your company's commitment to protecting the environment.
 
Keep reading to find out six more ways to get your employees to help you comply with environmental law.

 
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3 Tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Here's how…
 
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Six more ways your employees can help you comply with environmental law

 
Advise your employees to:
 
2. Remove clutter. If your employees have items at work that they don't use, encourage them to give them to someone who needs them.
 
Just remind your employees to get permission from you first before they donate these items.
 
3. Turn off electronic appliances. Tell your employees to turn off electronic appliances at work if they're not using them.
 
For example, tell them to switch off the lights if they're the last person to leave the office. And switch off their computers when they leave for the day.
 
4. Report leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste an average of 120 litres of water, says the Health & Safety Advisor. Advise employees to look out for leaky faucets and report them to you to fix.
 
5. Use both sides of the paper. Tell employees to set their printer to make double-sided copies to reduce paper use and save trees.
 
6. Walk or cycle. Driving is one of the biggest causes of pollution. Encourage employees who live close to work to walk, cycle or carpool.
 
7. Stop smoking. Smoking doesn't only harm your employee's health, it harms the environment as well. You can encourage smokers to quit to help protect the environment.
 
Here are some low-cost rewards the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service recommends you use to help employees quit the habit:
 
  • Offer time off work. For example, an hour or two off on a Friday is fine.
 
  • Have 'quitter of the month'. You can post a picture on the staff notice board or website and announce the quitter of the month at a staff meeting.
 
  • Reward quitters with meal or movie vouchers.
 
To be up to date with smoking legislation in your workplace, check out Smoking in the workplace: Your A-Z guide to being 100% compliant with smoking legislation.
 
There you have it: Asking your employees to take part in these activities will help you maintain a healthy and clean work environment so you comply with environmental legislation.
 
PS: We strongly recommend you check out the Health & Safety Advisor. It gives you tips, tools and advice to comply with the OHS Act and regulations.


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