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Here are five of the best tips to get your safety management on track

by , 02 May 2014
As an employer, it's your responsibility to take care of your employees' safety. This means you need to focus on safety management to find and deal with dangerous risks. If you're not doing this correctly, one of your employees could have a terrible accident. Don't let this happen on your construction site. Rather follow these five tips to get your safety management on track...

As an employer, you have 1 527 health and safety duties!
When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses? 
Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations? 
There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations. 

Get your safety management on track and prevent dangerous accidents before they happen

Good safety management is all about finding possible risks and stopping them from turning into accidents. The only way to do this properly is to have a strong step-by-step safety management process. 

Here are the five things it needs to do:
1. Do a risk assessment observation: There's no substitute for actually watching what's going on, on your construction site. This is the best and only why to really see who is doing what and what could go wrong.
2. Protect your employees with proper safety measures: You need to do what you can to make your work as safe as possible. This means you need to have warning and safety signs to know sure employees know about the risks around them. You also need to make sure the right PPE is available so employees can do the work safely. 
3. Help employees protect themselves: First aid training and toolbox talks are the best way to make employees aware of risks. This way they'll also know how to deal with them if they happen. 
4. Appoint a safety officer: You can't be everywhere at once to watch for risks and accidents. A safety officer will be your extra set on eyes and hands when it comes to safety management. This is important so you don't miss something because you're overworked. 
5. Keep a proper record: Keep a record of everything. This way, if the Department of Labour (DoL) pays a visit, you can prove you've done your homework.
But you'll need to show the DoL more than just that...
1 simple step to win over any labour inspector
By law if you operate any machinery in your workplace, you must display the General Machinery Regulations Schedule D (Or Schedule C if you use boilers) where your employees can see it. This will be one of the first things a labour inspector will look for.

What the DoL wants to see in your safety management

The Health and Safety Advisor says a DoL inspector can arrive at your construction site at any time to check on your OHSA compliance. As part of your safety management, they expect you to have a full copy of your health and safety policy on display. 
If you have that and you've followed these five tips then your safety management will be right on track.

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