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Four easy tips to get your employees back into the safety mindset after their holiday so they don't cause accidents

by , 07 January 2015
As your employees come back from their holidays, they're probably thinking about their time away and how they don't want to be back at work.

The last thing on their minds right now is being safe.

This means they're more at risk of having serious accidents because they're not concentrating.

And it could cost your company valuable time and resources, which definitely isn't a good way to start the new year.

Luckily, you can prevent this by easing your employees back into the safety mindset.

To do this, use these four easy tips...

 

Get your employees' minds back on safety with these four easy tips

 
Tip #1: Have a safety briefing with all your employees
 
Start off the new work year with a safety briefing with all your employees. Ask them how their holidays were so they can get it out of their system, then get down to business. Remind them that safety doesn't stop being important just because they're back from holiday. 
 
Talk to them about what they need to do during the day to be safe. Even if they've heard it a thousand times, tell them again. This way you can remind them just how important safety is. 
 
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Tip #2: Involve all your employees in risk assessments during the first day back at work
 
Break your employees up into teams depending on the area they work in. Tell each team to do a risk assessment on their area and then report back. This will force your employees to focus on the possible dangers in their work areas. 
 
This will also help you find out about anything that might have happened during the holiday, such as a machine breaking, that you need to deal with. 
 
The Risk Assessment Toolkit contains everything you need to show your employees how to do this.
 
Tip #3: Do a series of toolbox talks during the first week back at work
 
Toolbox talks give your employees important safety information in bite sized sessions. Do three or four of these on important safety basics during the first week back at work. This will help you get your employees thinking about these safety basics again. 
 
Also get employees involved, by having a discussion with them about safety issues to make them really think about safety. This will take their minds off of the holiday they just had. 
 
You can find all the toolbox talk topics you need in the Toolbox Talks Kit.
 
Tip #4: Do spot safety inspections throughout the week
 
If you do a spot inspection to check your employees are working safely, you can spot those who still aren't concentrating. 
 
This will keep your employees on their toes and help snap them back into the safety mindset. 
 
This should be your last step once you use the other tips first. This way you can encourage everyone back into following safety procedures before resorting to scolding and punishment.
 
Just remember, you need to get back into the safety mindset too. So start with your health and safety duties as soon as possible and use these four tips to start your 2015 work year safely and effectively.
 
PS. Do you have more than 20 employees?
 
Don't ignore this health and safety obligation or else!
 
The DoL will slap you with a R50 000 fine or 1 year in jail if you don't have a health and safety representative. 
 
 


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