There's been a spate of office fires and entire warehouses burning down lately. Luckily, thanks to fast-working rescue teams, there've been very few injuries from these fires as employees have been evacuated quickly. If this happens at your office, will you be able to evacuate your staff efficiently? Here's how to ensure employees respond quickly when your emergency evacuation alarm sounds...
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Investigations on incidents that happen in your workplace are a necessary part of business. They help you reduce health and safety risks in your workplace.
But your employee may not see it in the same light. This is especially true, if they were part of the incident. They may feel like you're looking for someone to blame. As a result, they end up distancing themselves from health and safety ma... ››› more
Ergonomics, unfortunately, remains only a notion for many employers who decide they don't have the time, the money or any other resources to apply the principles in the every day work.
This remains a top health and safety mistake.
After all, ergonomics is all about applying and designing objects, systems and the environment for it's proper use that doesn't put your employees at risk.
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Your employees should practice and implement safety measures without you having to 'bribe' them. But, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. So, I ask you... would you pay your workers to review your health and safety procedures? Dear Reader,
I know… your employees should practice and implement safety measures without you having to 'bribe' them. But, sometimes desperate times ... ››› more
As a manager or employer it's your responsibility to ensure the OHSA and its procedures are carried out and maintained. Appointing a HSE rep is only one of them. I'll show you four more tasks you need to implement to ensure you meet your obligations. **********
The only DoL recognised way to train your Health and Safety Representative
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As if South Africa needed to make news headlines for a further negative reason. Now, the SA National Swimming trials have been further postponed due to concerns that swimming in murky green water as a result of burst pipes will make them sick. This highlights the importance of including water quality in your risk assessments to make sure you aren't harming your employees' health by letting them dr... ››› more
'Nine cleaning staff were injured when a lift at Parliament's four-storey Marks Building malfunctioned and dropped on Friday night,' reports IOL. While this is a pretty unusual workplace accident, it could happen to anyone. And that's why you need to ensure you have an emergency response plan in place to protect the health and safety of your employees. Here's how to draw one up...
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Overcrowding in the office means your employees won't have sufficient space to carry out their work effectively without intruding into colleagues' personal space. And this can seriously hamper your company's productivity. Here's why overcrowding is a huge problem for your company and what you can do to overcome it.
South Africa has the highest prison population in Africa, Correctional Services ... ››› more
Overtime is a killer of workplace productivity. As employees work late to keep up with their deadlines, they start to fall further behind and become less productive. This puts them in a bad mood and makes them panicky, which means they're more likely to make mistakes and fall sick from the stress. Here are simple ways to stop your employees from working overtime to prevent burn out.
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Reports show there are more health and safety risks if your employees work the night shift. Tiredness - especially if they're working overtime - is the main factor, as it'll make your employees less safety conscious and more likely to injure themselves. There's also an increased risk of crime as burglars prefer to break in when there are fewer people. This could have tragic consequences. Here's ho... ››› more
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