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Did you know: The biggest danger in your workplace may be your employees?

by , 26 June 2014
As an employer, you know health and safety is important. You may even take pride in the health and safety standard in your workplace. You may brag about how well trained your employees are and about the quality of your safety equipment.

But what happens if you can't control the greatest danger in your workplace with normal safety measures.

What if your employees themselves are the greatest danger to your health and safety efforts?
Luckily, there are some steps you can take to neutralise this threat...

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Get your employees on board the health and safety train

If your employees don't care about health and safety it could cause a number of problems. They might have an accident or cause another employee to have an accident.
But you can get them to care by using these four simple steps:
Step 1: Change your employee's mindset about health and safety by getting them involved. If your employees believe their input matters, they'll be more likely to help improve and support your safe work procedures.
Step 2: Involve your workers' union in health and safety issues. Because the union represents the collective interest of your employees, they can tell you if there are issues affecting them.
Step 3: Train your employees to recognise risks themselves. Your employees don't want to be seriously injured. If they can see the situations they're in will cause a workplace injury, they'll probably think twice.
The last step may surprise you...
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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws
Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.
It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Responsibilities can change the way your employees think about health and safety

Step 4: Give them health and safety responsibilities. Sometimes, by giving your employee a responsibility, you make them realise the importance of health and safety.
If you use these steps, you'll be able to turn your employees from insubordinate to compliant. Just remember to always keep the channels of communication open. This way, you'll always know when your employees aren't happy. 

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