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Demonstrating safety behaviour: The best way to get safety results

by , 01 July 2014
People learn by example and that's why the best way to teach is through strong examples. This applies from a baby learning to talk or your employees learning to follow health and safety rules.

This means you have to provide that example. The more practical and realistic, the better the results will be.

So, if you want your employees to have safe behaviour, demonstrate this safety behaviour yourself...

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
 
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 
 
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You must be an example to your employees when it comes to health and safety

 
Your behaviour has a huge impact on your employees and the way they behave. 
 
If they see you ignore health and safety rules, they may start to do the same. After all, if the boss can do so, why can't they.
 
And in the same way, if they see you check for risks, wear your safety gear and are aware of what's going on and follow safe procedures; they're likely to do so too.
 
So demonstrate good safe behaviour by doing these three things…
 

Three things you must demonstrate in your behaviour to employees to do the same

 
If you want your employees to have safe behaviour at work, you must demonstrate the same. To do this, you must:
 
1. Always be aware on everything that's happening around you: If you're on site, check all of your equipment and the area around you. You need to ensure the area is safe to work in.
 
2. Work carefully and be thorough: Whenever you do a dangerous task, be sure to work carefully and always follow health and safety procedures. 
 
3. Use the safety equipment you have properly: If you do a task that requires you to use safety equipment, ensure you wear or use it the right way.
 
If your employees see you demonstrate this safe behaviour, they'll be far more likely to demonstrate it themselves. 
 
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