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One key element your employees aren't safe without

by , 17 July 2014
Health and safety is a complex process. There are many layers to identifying risks, creating safety procedures to avoid them and putting safety precautions to prevent them. Then there's OHS training and appointments.

With all these layers how do you know what is and isn't working?

The truth of the matter is, unless your employees have this one key element, they aren't safe at all...

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Do you employ five or more employees?
If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements.

PPE is the key to your employees' safety

The key element to workplace safety is personal protective equipment (PPE). It doesn't matter how many other safety precautions you put in place, they'll never be as effective as protective clothing at preventing injuries.
You see, normal safety precautions are there to try and stop accidents from happening. Sometimes, they sadly aren't enough. When this is the case, accidents happen anyway. This is when it's the PPE that protects your employees from injuries.
Whether it's a hard hat protecting your employee from a crushed skull or safety shoes that prevent a sprained ankle, there's no better way to avoid injuries.
This is why you must always do a risk assessment and determine which of these vital pieces of safety wear your employees need...

Which of these pieces of PPE do your employees need to stay safe?

Your employees may need:
- Hard hats;
- Safety gloves; 
- Safety shoes;
- Fall protection harnesses;
- Safety goggles;
- Heatproof jackets;
- Ear plugs;
- Face masks;
- Rubber gloves;
- Reflective jackets;
- Safety boots; or
- Kidney belts.
These are just a few pieces of PPE that could save your employees from injuries which could, in the long run, affect them permanently.
So if you really want your employees to be safe at work, ensure you give them the right PPE.
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Can an HSE officer do induction training?
According to the OHSA, you must do induction training for new employees, external contract workers, even employees returning from maternity leave. And every time there's new legislation, or if you have a new safety process or equipment. 
It sounds like you could be doing induction every month! And who has the time to create proper training material? And ensure its correct?

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