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Here's how to protect your employees from Christmas office party accidents

by , 07 November 2014
Office Christmas parties are a great way to get your employees to let their hair down and socialise. But while they're having fun, you need to be aware of the accidents that can happen.

After all, your duty to keep your employees safe doesn't end when work hours do.

That's why you need to include health and safety into your party planning.

Here's how to do this so you can protect your employees from Christmas party accidents...

 

This is what you need to do to prevent Christmas party accidents from injuring your employees

 
First, assess the venue you're having the party in. You need to be sure the venue itself is safe and has essentials such as emergency exits and fire equipment.
 
Once you're happy with the venue, look at which employees are coming. Find out if any of them have food allergies or possible other illnesses.
 
Also remember your employees will probably be drinking alcohol. This means they're more likely to do something stupid. That's when accidents are most likely to happen, so limit the amount of alcohol your employees can drink. 
 
But you can't stop there. There are a few more possible dangers you need to plan for
 
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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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Two more possible dangers you must consider when you plan your Christmas party

 
Check that none of your decorations could cause an accident. For example, a floor display could be a tripping hazard, especially if your employees are intoxicated.
 
Lastly, check the electrical components. With all the sound and lighting equipment you'll need, you have to be sure none of it will cause an electrical fire.
 

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