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Answer 'YES' to the following 2 questions to ensure you have effective health and safety procedures

by , 15 April 2016
It's as clear as day, as a health-and-safety conscious employer, that you want to prevent incidents in the workplace as much as possible while at the same time keeping productivity as high as possible.

This is straightforward enough, but in reality it's a delicate balancing act. Get it wrong and an incident in the workplace will severely hamper business.

So what can you do to help maintain this balance? The answer lies in your health and safety procedures. And not just the procedures themselves, but the way in which you develop them.
Preparation is vital! And in this article we'll show you how to prepare effective health and safety procedures.

If you can answer 'YES' to the following 2 questions, then you're on the right track...

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Question#1:

a.)    When you write your health and safety procedures, do you write in a way that all your employees can understand? After all, there's really no point in having safety procedures which your employees can't understand. It defeats the purpose!
 
b.)    Do you use the imperative? In other words, do you say that these procedures 'must' be done, and not what 'ought' to be done?
 

TIP: Keep your sentences short, and don't use complicated jargon in your health and safety procedures.
 
Question#2:

Now that you've completed your health and safety procedures, do you:

a.)    Actually check what you have written (you'd be surprised at how overlooked this is.)? In other words, have you checked the punctuation and spelling? And are you happy that what has been written is what you want to say? 
 
b.)    Get someone to test it first? In other words, do you get an 'end user' to attempt to follow it, and revise any areas where applicable, before introducing it among your employees?
 

*If you can answer 'YES' to all these questions, then you're on the right track to having effective health and safety procedures in your workplace.

To learn more on developing effective health and safety procedures, page over to Chapter H 04 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here to order your copy today. 


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