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Conducting toolbox talks on the environment? Here's what to tell your employees

by , 06 January 2014
Want to get your employees on board to help you maintain a healthy and clean work environment? If so, conduct toolbox talks on the environment and make sure your employees are aware of the following they can do to protect the environment.

Every employer must provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment.

The best way to comply with this legal requirement is to conduct toolbox talks on the environment. This way, your employees can help you comply with Environmental Regulations for workplaces and help protect the environment.

Toolbox talks on the environment: Tell your employees to do the following

Here are four things your employees should know about protecting the environment:

#1: Recycle plastic, paper, wood, metal, cardboard and other items.

#2: Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last much longer and they can save energy and in the long term your electricity bill will be reduced.

#3: Donate. Chances are your employees have tons of things at work they can get rid of. If they're still usable, tell them to give them to someone who needs them. They may also choose to give them to associations. These associations may sell them and collect a bit of money. Not only will they protect the environment, but they'll also contribute to a good cause.

#4: Turn off your devices. When you're not using any electronic devices at work, turn it off. Switch off the lights when you leave a room in the office and switch off your computer when you leave for the day. It's an easy habit to take up that'll help save money and energy.

#5: Walk or cycle. If you live close enough to work, rather walk or cycle. Driving is one of the biggest causes of pollution plus you'll save on petrol!

#6: Leaky faucets. Tell your employees to look out for leaky faucets, which can cause a significant increase in the water bill.

'An average of 120 litres of water can be wasted due to a dripping faucet,' warns the Health & Safety Advisor.

When conducting toolbox talks on the environment; tell your employees to become part of the solution to a global problem. Tell them to reduce waste, re-use whatever they can and recycle what they can't re-use.

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