No matter the size, an organisation can not afford to turn a blind eye to occupational health and safety requirements. In fact, the biggest risk for an organisation is to do nothing.
The following 7 tips will help your organisation build a safer, injury free workplace. By implementing these tips your organisation is on the road to creating a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.
1. Know your responsibilities
Companies are responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and understand the legal OH&S requirements that affect them directly and indirectly. A health and safety policy should be developed to clearly state the company’s safety commitment.
The policy should be kept simple and include your intentions and set objectives. Specific responsibilities should be assigned to different people; including managers, supervisors and workers in your organisation. Support the policy with an action plan so that there is constant monitoring and improvements are made wherever needed. Without clearly written documents you will find it challenging to hold your employees accountable for their safety duties and responsibilities.
2. Consult your workers
It is important to include your workers in any decisions that may affect their health and safety. Companies should consistently consult employees on all safety matters and allow for others input guaranteeing effective safety systems can be established. Planning regular safety meetings at your organisation is also a good idea. Be sure to document any agreed actions that may arise from these meetings.
3. Identify, assess and control risks
To help identify, assess and control risk you should have clear systems in place. All employees should report hazards and assist with conducting regular workplace inspections. Using an external audit to review your workplace will assist you to identify potential risks as well.
Organisations should be trying to eliminate the most hazardous risks or look for a safer option. To decrease the risk you will need to either; isolate the hazard, use administering control measures, make personal protective equipment compulsory while at work or a combination of all of these.
4. Inform, train and supervise
To maintain successful safety within your workplace, you need to keep workers informed of all risks, changes and procedures. It is extremely important to keep employees well informed on all of the latest safety requirements and procedures. Organisations can even look into training courses for employees that focus on up-skilling workers.
Adequate supervision must be provided at all times to further ensure the safety of your workers.
5. Manage incidents and injuries
Accidents can still happen even with an adequate OH&S plan in place. By law all organisations must manage work related incidents and injuries. All injuries need to be investigated and immediately reported and precautions should be taken to ensure the incident is not repeated.
6. Keep records
All health and safety activities must be documented to certify you are meeting all legal requirements, to show you are providing relevant information to your staff and monitoring the health and safety performance of your business.
7. Monitor, evaluate and improve
The management of health and safety is an ongoing process and should form part of the way you do business. After establishing your OH&S management system you need to frequently monitor and evaluate each step and make suitable changes to ensure its continual success.
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