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Employees have duties too! Here are four ways to ensure that your employees adhere to Health and Safety rules

by , 11 August 2015
Your employees are obliged to cooperate with you, particularly when it comes to health and safety. After all, ensuring safety on all levels is key to the smooth running of your business. Here are four ways to ensure your employees comply with Environmental, health and safety laws and company policies...

1. Include a Health and Safety clause in all your contracts of employment:

State that failure to adhere to any health and safety regulations will lead to disciplinary action and possible dismissal. 

This will encourage strong awareness around safety in the workplace. 

2. Your employees can receive a large fine and/or jail time:

Make it known to your employees that if the Department of Labour does an inspection and finds any of them guilty of negligence, they can receive a R50 000 fine for non-compliance or jail time. They could even receive both! 

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3 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?

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3. Change your corporate culture from compliance to commitment: 

Instead of making your employees feel that such regulations are merely forced upon them, try and make them understand the concept thoroughly so as to be fully invested in it. A simple change in perspective can make all the difference here. 

4. Introduce an employee-driven safety system: 

Introducing such a system – otherwise known as behaviour-based safety – in a successful manner can not only establish a correct environment, but it can also encourage 'extra-role behaviour' in the workplace. In the process, you can create a sense of 'organisational citizenship'. 

This can be done through creating a vision statement based on focus groups from all levels, laying out health and safety objectives that are in line with such a statement, enhancing safety leadership and encouraging employee engagement through non-threatening peer-to-peer observations. 

There you have it! Four ways to enhance compliance with Health and Safety regulations. 
To find out much more with regard to Health and Safety compliance, click here and gain the upper hand in Health and Safety compliance!

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