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To keep your employees safe, watch how they work from these three health and safety angles

by , 11 August 2014
When was the last time you took a look at the way your employees work? When did you check if they're following safety procedures or using safety equipment? And if your health and safety programme works?

You see, when it comes to keeping your employees safe there's no better way to find problems than to watch them every now and then. This gives you first-hand knowledge of the health and safety issues in your company.

But watching isn't enough!

To ensure your company's health and safety is top notch, you must watch your employees from these three angles...

 

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Watch your employees from these three angles to ensure they're safe

 
To ensure your employees stay safe at work you must check the risks they face, ensure they follow the rules and verify your health and safety programme works.
 
This is why you must observe your employees in these three ways:
 
1. Risk assessment
You must do regular risk assessments to identify the risks your employees face. To do this, take a look at the hazards in their work area and then determine the risks of each hazard. Look at risks that can arise from:
 
- Employees;
- Machinery;
- Environment and working conditions;
- Safety equipment;
- Materials; and
- Work activities.
 
2. Safety inspections
Inspections allow you to specifically determine the conditions of machinery and equipment and your employees' compliance with health and safety rules. You must use specific documentation and compare what you see in real life against them. 
 
3. Health and safety audit
Safety audits allow you to investigate how effective your health and safety programme is. You must take a sample of the work and departments in your company. Interview employees involved in those areas and gain information from them about the effectiveness of your safety procedures.
 
 
The best way to ensure your employees stay safe is to do a monthly inspection, a risk assessment every six months and an annual safety audit. 
 
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Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat
 
Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?
If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.
 
Don't wait until it's too late.
 
 
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