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12 simple tips that will help your employees work safely to achieve a zero-harm workplace in record time

by , 23 December 2014
Achieving a zero-harm workplace record in your workplace takes constant effort. You and your employees have to work carefully and safety to achieve this.

But if you follow these 12 simple tips, you'll easily be able to achieve a zero-harm workplace and keep your employees safe...


Achieve a zero-harm workplace record by following these 12 tips

1. Take extra precautions in situations where the risk is higher
When your employees are working on a machine they're in greater danger. Therefore, they must take extra precautions. For example, train them to follow your safety procedures when they start up or shut down the machine.
Make sure your employees report any situation where the risk level is temporarily higher. Once you spot these induced risks, study them so you can find ways to protect your employees against them.
2. If your employees use vehicles at work make sure they follow the rules
Make sure your employees never go above the speed limits.
Traffic rules must apply inside and outside your premises.
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3. Use the right tool for the right job
Your employees must never do work if they don't have the right tools for it. They must also only do it in the right environment if you want to achieve a zero-harm workplace.
Using a tool for the wrong purpose or standing awkwardly while working can cause serious injuries. 
4. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Make sure your employees never do dangerous work without their PPE. This applies to general and risk-specific PPE.
Your employees must use their PPE in combination with your other fixed safety measures. This is an important part of achieving a zero-harm workplace.
5. Make sure your employees have work permits
If your employees don't have the right work permit to do dangerous work, then they mustn't do it. They might not have the right training or experience. 
6. All your employees must follow safety procedures when lifting heavy loads
Remind your employees to never walk under a crane load while it's in the air.
Train your employees to do brief inspections before they start any work using a crane, hoist or other mechanical system. 
7. Training employees to check the power system
Employees must check the power system their equipment is on. For example, if they plug their hand tool into an extension cord they must make sure it's in good condition and plugged in properly. 
8. Have safety procedures for working in confined spaces
If your employees have to work in small confined spaces they must first check the atmosphere and air condition. They also need to keep their breathing equipment close by.
Make sure there's always a supervisor on hand to make sure nothing goes wrong. 
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9. Prepare thoroughly for any excavation work
Make sure you have all the right work permit and map of underground hazards before you start any excavation work. .
Make sure you do a risk analysis before your employees start any manual or mechanical excavation work.
10. Give your employees safety equipment for working at heights
Your employees must wear safety harnesses when they do any work at heights. 
If your employees have to work on fixed or moveable platforms (scaffolding) make sure there's a guardrail designed to reduce the risk of falling.
Makes sure your employees only use ladders as a way to access the platform they're working on. They should only do actually work on a ladder in special situations.
11. Manage changes in your health and safety procedures properly
If you need to make changes to your procedures first get the proper authorisation. Then make sure you tell all your employees about it and train them on it.
Any changes in technique or organisation must be the subject of a risk analysis.
12. Manage the risk of doing more than one task in a small area
If your employees have to do several jobs at once in a small space it increases risks. Make sure you have procedures to minimise these risks. 
You can find even more tips that will help you achieve a zero-harm workplace record in the Health and Safety Advisor

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