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Do your employees know answering mom's call is a health and safety risk

by , 23 May 2014
Picture this: Your employee Mark is working with flammable liquids. He's got his safety gloves and goggles on. He's handling the liquids with care and you think all is fine.

That's until Mark's phone starts to ring and, seeing it's his mom, he reaches to answer it.
Before you know it, your business is up in flames.

This may sound like a horror story script to you, but it can happen. That's why you need to inform your employees of the dangers of answering their phones on the job and give them this cell phone safety advice.

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Compile your own comprehensive Induction Programme
 
Do you know what your OHSA duties are as an employer?
 
Do your employees know what their duties are?
 
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Here's when using their cell phone puts your employee in danger 

Cell phones aren't explosion proof and can ignite flammable liquids. That's why the Health and Safety Advisor says your employees are in danger if they use cell phones in any area with flammable liquids or fumes. 
 
These types of workplace accidents don't happen all the time, but they do happen. And they could happen to you at anytime.
 
So what do you need to tell your employees about cell phone safety?
 
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Tell your employees these three things about cell phone safety

 
1. Switch off your cell phone when you're in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere and obey all signs and instructions. Sparks in an area like this could cause an explosion or fire and result in an injury at work. 
 
2. Switch off your cell phone when you're working with petrol or other fuels.  
 
3. These are the other kinds of areas you shouldn't use your phone in:
- Below deck on boats; 
- Chemical transfer or storage areas; 
- Vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane); 
- Areas where the air contains chemicals or particles, such as grain, dust or metal powders; and 
- Any other area where there are safety signs telling you to turn off your vehicle engine.
 
Make sure your employees know these facts about using their cell phones at work to keep them safe.
 

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