Two biggest mistakes employers make when writing them, along with tips on how to avoid them…
Mistake#1: Irrelevant procedures
There is nothing worse than creating general health and safety procedures in a workplace where each task has unique risks.
For example, there's no point making an employee, who works with chemicals, follow the same health and safety procedure as an employee who cuts wood.
Yes, this is will require more effort when writing your procedures. But trust me, the work you'll have to go through, should a workplace incident occur, will be far more stressful!
Relevance is important! So make your procedures specific to each task performed in your workplace, and ensure they take into consideration the unique risks each of those tasks pose.
MISTAKE#2: Disregarding the reading levels of the targeted audience
When it comes to your health and safety procedures, your 'target audience' is your employees. Therefore, you should adapt your procedures to their reading levels.
There's no point writing eloquently written procedures if your ground-floor workers can't understand what on earth you're saying! So keep it simple and as uncomplicated as possible.
You must also consider whether or not they can fully understand your medium of instruction (language in the workplace).
If not, you may have to get a translator in to translate your health and safety procedures.
Those were the two biggest mistakes employers make when drawing up their health and safety procedures, along with what you can do to avoid them. Ensure you're implementing those tips today.
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