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My employee is sick and won't go home! Is she a trooper or a health and safety risk?

by , 16 July 2014
I want to introduce you to Karin, one of our writers here at FSP.

Over the last few days, Karin has been really sick. But somehow she's had the strength to keep coming into work each day. While we all admire her work ethic we can't ignore the fact that our colleague is a health and safety risk

Now, what if Karin, was one of your employees, your accountant for example. Would you consider her a trooper or a health and safety risk?

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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it? 

Sick employees are a health and safety risk because they make other employees sick 

It happens in every business and we've seen our fair share of it here at FSP. One person gets sick and a few days later some else catches it, and then another one and another one. Every day, there's a new email saying 'Sally So-and-so is off sick today'.
This is all thanks to those troopers who keep coming into work each day, even though they're sick. They're a health risk because they affect the other employees' health. 
So yes, you do need to protect your other employees from thier germs. 
Here's how...

Protect your other employees from the health and safety risk of your employee's germs

The first thing to do when you see one of your employees is sick, is to make them go to the doctor and then go home.
Then clean the area where they work. While they're on bed rest, it's a good opportunity for you to ask your cleaning staff to disinfect their work area.
Lastly, keep in touch with your employee and ensure they're better or at least no longer contagious before they come back to work.
This will help you keep those office health and safety risk employees from kindly sharing their germs.
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