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Could this be the missing piece in your safety puzzle?

by , 08 August 2014
Do you know what your employees do when it comes to health and safety? Yes, you may have given them training and the proper safety equipment and procedures, but do you know if they use them?

No? Well why not?

I'm betting it's because you haven't checked in a while. It's a frustrating aspect of health and safety but you always have to check if your employees follow the rules.

If you don't, it creates gaps in your health and safety programme and that's when employees get hurt. If this happens, it's probably because you're missing this one thing from your health and safety puzzle...

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Your Health and Safety role is not exactly an easy one!
Right now, the headaches, stresses, time-drainers and financial costs of Health and Safety in your company seem endless. You're having to constantly stay on top of changes and updates being made to laws and regulations – and implementing these changes.

Safety inspections are a very important part of your health and safety

A safety inspection is a check you should do regularly in your workplace. According to the Health and Safety Advisor, you must do this inspection using the documentation in your health and safety programme. This way, you can check who should be doing and wearing what. 
This process will help you identify whether your employees are following your rules or not. 
When you do an inspection you need to check a few things carefully. Here are some of the things you must look for:

Look for these three things during your safety inspections

When you do your safety inspections, use your documentation to check:
- If your employees have the correct PPE and if they're wearing it. Use your PPE roster to check who should have what PPE.
- If your employees follow your safety procedures when they do their work. Use your training manual and check what they actually do against what the manual says they should do.
- If your safety officer is on duty. Use your list of safety officers to ensure the right officer is present.
Just remember, when you do these inspections, you must check up on your managers and labourers. After all, if your managers don't follow the rules, how can you expect your labourers to? 
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*Knock knock* The Labour Inspector arrives unannounced… are you ready?
If you operate any machinery in your workplace, GMR Schedule D or C must be in clear view for employees to see. This will be the first thing the inspector will look out for when he's paying an unscheduled visit to your workplace.  If you are missing these summaries, he will slap you with a fine. Don't get caught without them. 

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