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Attention employers: Your number one priority must be accident prevention

by , 17 June 2014
You run a business and that means managing finances. As the boss, it's your job to keep profits climbing and the business growing.

But at what expense? Your company's bottom line depends on your employees. Your employees, in turn; depend on you to protect them from workplace accidents.

That's why, as an employer, your number one priority must be accident prevention. If you have a strong health and safety programme in place, this isn't that difficult.

If you implement these five health and safety steps, you can keep your employees safe and have time to check your financial balance too.

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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 

A strong health and safety plan means a strong, healthy company

Step one: Plan your health-and-safety-plan of attack. You need to draw up your proposed plan of action. Proper planning is essential in creating a successful health and safety programme.
Step two: Appoint a health and safety representative once you've outlined your plan. This is the first thing you should do in this process. Your representative is your right-hand-man when it comes to health and safety. He'll be the one to help you and act as your eyes and ears on the ground.
Step three: Start looking for workplace hazards with your representative by your side. You must do a risk assessment to find out what dangers your employees face. Without this step, you won't know what safety precautions you need.
Step four: Record your risks once you've assessed them. The recording step in this process is vital for all your future health and safety efforts.
Now you can finally take the last step to protect your employees…
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Do you have more than 20 employees?
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 

Protect your employees with this final step

Step five: Put precautions in place. You need to ensure you put precautionary measures in place that fit your workplace hazards.

So remember:  Plan; Appoint; Assess; Record and Prevent. With these five steps you'll be able to prevent any workplace accident. 

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