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Team building: It could be the very thing missing from your health and safety programme

by , 01 July 2014
When you start putting together your health and safety plan, you must remember a lot of things. You must ensure all your employees are safe at work by including safety equipment and OHS training.

But what if you're forgetting something incredibly simple, yet vital, to the success of the whole process.

Something as basic as getting your employees to work together may be the difference between safety and accidents.

It's true; team building could actually save your employees' lives...

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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.

Get your employees to work as a team to improve health and safety

Your employees have a responsibility to protect each other. This makes it even more important for them to work together to prevent workplace accident as a team. And it's up to you to train them to do this.
But to train them effectively, you must make them understand why team building and team work is so important to health and safety.

Team building could be the difference between safety success and failure

Team building will help your employees:
Work together: If they know how to deal with workplace accidents as a team, they can resolve them faster. Without proper team building, they won't know how to join together and manage a problem.
Communicate: If your employees know each other by name and can communicate clearly, they can alert each other to dangers fast. Team building gives them a chance to develop this form of communication.
Get to know each other: In a big company, your employees might not get to know everyone. This means they might not recognise when a fellow employee is in distress.
Don't underestimate the importance of helping your employees learn to work as a team. Add team building exercises into your health and safety training to help them do just that. 
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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws
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It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it? 

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