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It's your duty to always keep your employees up-to-date about hazards and risks in the workplace

by , 17 November 2015
When it comes to hazards and risks in the workplace, you, as the employer, have many health and safety duties that MUST be adhered to. If you don't, you will face to terrible consequences, such as devastating accidents in the workplace.

Some of those duties are:

· Ensuring a safe work environment for your employees which is risk free (and maintain it);
· Reducing or removing any potential hazards before resorting to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and
· Carrying out regular hazard identifications and risk assessments.

But a seemingly simple duty of yours has to do with your legal obligation to continuously 'inform' with regard to hazards and risks in the workplace.

There are 3 parts you have to do to keep your employees informed about hazards and risks in your workplace.


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When it comes to hazards and risks in the workplace, your duty to 'inform' comprises of these 3 parts:

Part#1

You must ensure all of your employees are aware of all the risk and hazards of their workplace and job. You can do this by having a
Toolbox Talk safety chat with your employees in your weekly meetings.

They need to know exactly what to do and how to do it safely so as to protect themselves and those around them. 
 
Part#2:

You must inform all of your Health and Safety Representatives of any inspections, investigations or formal enquiries by the Department of Labour BEFORE the actual event takes place.

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Part#3:

If there's been an incident at a section in the workplace, you must notify the relevant Health and Safety Representative as soon as possible.

In other words, you must inform the Health and Safety Representative of that particular section with regard to the incident.


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So what now?

There are 3 very specific health and safety duties you have, as an employer, when it comes to  the general duty of 'informing' your employees about hazards and risks in the workplace.

So start using them today!

Because by 'informing' regularly, and by continuously keeping all relevant parties updated, you can ensure that health and safety in the workplace is maintained and that business can go ahead, in an effective and efficient manner, without any unnecessary risks.

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