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It's your responsibility to keep your employees safe

by , 17 June 2014
You can't force all your employees to follow your company's health and safety rules. But, at the end of the day, it's still your responsibility to keep them safe.

This responsibility carries a lot of weight because a workplace accident will affect your employee drastically.

Keep your employees safe and use these three workplace safety tips to get you started...

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Three safety tips that'll get you started on effective workplace safety

You can't predict the future. But you can spot a predictable accident before it happens. Knowing the worst case scenario will help you prepare for it. This brings us to tip number one…
Tip one: Risk assessment, risk assessment, risk assessment!
You have to always be one step ahead of accidents before they happen. The best way to do that is to regularly do thorough risk assessments. This way you can put in new safety precautions to compensate for any bad safety habits your employees might have.

Tip two: Put measures in place that aren't dependent on your employees
Safety measures such as PPE are great, but it's up to your employees to usethem. This is why you should put measures in place that don't depend on your employees.
These could be things such as safety screens in front of machinery or built-in fall-nets below any raised work areas. 
But our last tip is probably the most effective but subtle subtle of them all…
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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?
If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work. 

Tip three: Use your disciplinary code to support health and safety rules

For example, make it a rule that your employees have to come to work with their PPE on. Include the consequences of breaking that rule in your disciplinary code so they have to comply.
After all, your employees would rather just follow your health and safety programme properly than face disciplinary action. 
So there you have it. With these three workplace safety tips in place, you can protect your employees and their families from the life-shattering disaster of workplace hazards. 

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