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If your employee's energy is running on empty, your company's health and safety could run into the red

by , 19 June 2014
You run your business like a well-oiled machine. You never stop and neither do your employees.

You sit in your office each day, managing finances, coordinating services and products and overseeing everything.

But your employees are the workforce on the ground. They may not have a chair to sit in or a desk to work at. Having to constantly work like this could be taking a toll on them.

If their energy in running low, they could make costly health and safety mistakes.

That's why it's your responsibility to prevent this workplace hazard and we'll show you how with fatigue management...

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer
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. 

For effective health and safety, manage your employees' fatigue 

According to SheqAfrica.com, fatigue is one of the hardest health and safety hazards to manage. The reason for this is you may not know where to draw the line. How do you determine when you employees should work longer hours and when they need a break?
Fatigue is also a problem that can affect any of your employees. It doesn't matter if they're in management or the general workforce.
But there are ways you can control this. 
With these simple measures you can ensure your employees work at their optimum level without exhausting themselves…

Here's how you can manage your employees' fatigue

To manage your employees' energy levels:
1. Use time sheets to monitor how long each of your employees work. Do spot checks on these. If you see a trend of employees working longer than they should, speak to them about it.
2. Use overtime as a last resort. Don't ask your employees to, or let them, work overtime unless it's really necessary.
3. Ensure each employee's working times are included in their contract. This gives them a clear guideline of the hours you expect them to work.
If you use these measures to manage your employees fatigue effectively, they'll be able to work safely and efficiently for you. 

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