Your health and safety procedures are useless if they don't achieve the right objectives. But to ensure they reach these objectives, you must do more than just throw some procedures together.
You must focus your safety programme and its procedures to deal with the safety issues in your company.
Luckily, you can ensure your procedures are strong and effective if you can target them to achieve these eight objectives.
Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement.
Make sure your company's safety procedures fulfil these eight objectives
According to the Health and Safety Advisor
, your safety procedures
will be impossible to develop if you don't have a clear idea of what you want them to accomplish.
The Advisor has outlined the eight objectives your procedures must achieve. It must:
1. Reduce the number and severity of accidents;
2. Reduce lost time;
3. Cut the cost of workers' compensations and liability insurance;
4. Improve moral;
5. Provide a written record of your safety plan;
6. Provide a basis for discipline when employees ignore the rules;
7. Provide a basis for further improvement of safe practice; and
8. Comply with government and OHS regulations.
These objectives are the first and most important part of developing your safety procedures. But there are three more things you must think about when developing your procedures.
Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the DoL!
You must comply with the OHS ACT!
Three more things you must do when developing your safety procedures
Once you have your objectives clearly in place, you must:
1. Think about who your audience is
Who are you developing these procedures for? What kind of work do they do? What kind of hazards do they work with?
Do your employees have access to computers so they can read digital documents? Do they work outside and therefore a booklet would be better for them to use?
3. Write your procedures in the right style.
You must write your procedures in a way your employees will understand and respond to.
Use these objectives and steps to develop safety procedures that are perfectly in line with the OHS Act.