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Here are three tips that'll change the way you protect your employees

by , 27 August 2014
Do you see health and safety as a complete and impossible nightmare?

Do your employees show little or no regard for health and safety rules?

Do you have to spend hundreds of thousands of rands on replacing and fixing safety equipment?

If so, it's time you took a step back and examined the way you protect your employees. There's a problem in your health and safety programme and it's clearly not very effective.

But the good news is today we have three tips that'll not only help fix the problem in your health and safety programme, they'll change the way you protect your employees all together...

 

Three tips that'll change the way you protect your employees while they're at work

 
The problem in most health and safety is that employers have to act like workplace nannies. They constantly need to chase after employees to make them follow the rules. But that's where these three tips will help you.
 
Tip #1: Give your employees clear responsibility
You must give your employees responsibility when it comes to health and safety. Get them involved and ask their opinions on how you can improve health and safety. This makes them feel responsible and in control. 
 
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Can an HSE officer do induction training?
 
According to the OHSA, you must do induction training for new employees, external contract workers, even employees returning from maternity leave. And every time there's new legislation, or if you have a new safety process or equipment.
 
It sounds like you could be doing induction every month! And who has the time to create proper training material? And ensure its correct?
 
So, I did some research to see what Induction training is available to make your job easier.
 
 
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Tip #2: Give your employees the right OHS training
If you give your employees the right health and safety training, they'll understand the need for workplace safety. This knowledge means you're not just telling them what they must do, you're telling them why they must. 
 
Tip #3: Give your employees the tools to protect themselves and trust them
Sometime they fact that you chase after all your employees makes them feel like you see them as incapable. This may drive them to purposely ignore your instructions. 
 
If you enable them to protect themselves and then trust that they will, they may feel more eager to do this. Just remember to tell them that there are punishments for breaking that trust.
 
There you have it. These three tips will help get you and your employees on the same page when it comes to health and safety. And will change the way you protect your employees.
 

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