This week I want to tell you all about health and safety audits, who needs them, why you have to have them, and a simple tool you can use to do your audit with the questions you need to ask in them.
But, it occurred to me you might not know exactly what I mean when I say 'audit'. So, let's start there ...
What is a health and safety audit?
The Health & Safety Advisor says 'a health and sa... ››› more
Health and safety procedures are a vital component in the workplace. They increase productivity and ensure all employees keep safe while working.
But a big problem comes to play when employers set out comprehensive health and safety procedures that are difficult to read and understand. This can impact their overall effectiveness. And what's the point of having health and safety procedures which... ››› more
There's no denying it: Writing an effective health and safety procedures can increase productivity throughout your company, as well as decrease any potential risks among your employees.
But even though that's obvious to employers, many of them continue to make potentially catastrophic mistakes when writing them.
So to help you avoid pitfalls when writing your own health and safety procedures... ››› more
It's as clear as day, as a health-and-safety conscious employer, that you want to prevent incidents in the workplace as much as possible while at the same time keeping productivity as high as possible.
This is straightforward enough, but in reality it's a delicate balancing act. Get it wrong and an incident in the workplace will severely hamper business.
So what can you do to help maintain t... ››› more
Writing effective safety procedures can be easily understood, which in turn can increase workplace safety.
In other words, when laying out these procedures, it's very important for you to ensure that all of your employees understand them.
Include the following 4 elements when writing safety procedures to ensure they are completely understandable...
Do you ... ››› more
Writing effective health and safety procedures can greatly increase the overall workplace safety among your employees.
When setting out health and safety procedures, it's very important for you to ensure that all of your employees understand them.
In increasing the readability of your health and safety procedures, take note of the following 8 tips: Tip#1:
Write in the present tense and fo... ››› more
Introducing effective health and safety procedures is an important part towards attaining high productivity while at the same time preventing workplace incidents by keeping all your employees safe. But often it can be a daunting task ensuring that your health and safety procedures are clear and easy to understand.
At the end of the day, distributing the health and safety procedures among your ... ››› more
You have to make sure you're accurate when it comes to documenting your health and safety management.
This means you have to design and draft all your procedures and policies. To do that, you also need to get input from your employees since they're the specialists in their field.
You should have formal procedures on the following:
• Health and Safety Policy
• Risk assessment policy. W... ››› more
When new employees join your company, you have to train them. This health and safety training must cover more than just your day-to-day operations, it must cover your health and safety procedures.
Without this training, your new employees are in danger of serious accidents.
The trouble is, health and safety procedures can be very complicated. Your new employees might not understand them st... ››› more
The DoL is the one that ensures you comply with the OHS Act.
A DoL inspector can knock on your door at anytime to check your workplace compliance with health and safety requirements.
If you don't meet its requirements, it will penalise you harshly for non-compliance. That could mean penalties, prohibitions and even jail time.
And if he finds you haven't done these three things, he'll c... ››› more
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