health and safety awareness for employees

According to Section 14 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, every employer must take care of their own health and safety and look out for the health and safety of their employees and others.

But accidents in the workplace can still happen, very easily, if they don't pay attention.

Your employees don't want to hurt themselves, nor do they want to be the cause of someone else being hurt.

So, refresh your employees' minds with the importance of health and safety in the workplace. And, in so doing, prevent accidents in the workplace.

Here are seven things that they should always do:

  1. They must make sure they know exactly how to do a job before actually doing it.
  2. They must make sure they have the right equipment for any given job.
  3. They must ensure that all equipment is in good working order. If it's broken they mustn't use it. If it's dirty, they must clean it before using it.
  4. They must ensure they put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting a job. And they must ensure that they are using the correct PPE for the job.
  5. They must report ANYTHING which they believe is dangerous to themselves or to others. This can, for example, be loose electric wires, burning smells from machines, loose railings and so on.
  6. They mustn't take shortcuts or rush jobs. Rushing a job can spell disaster.
  7. They must know all of the emergency evacuation procedures for your workplace. They should also be aware of who all of the appointees, such as first aiders and fire fighters are.
Those were seven things your employees can do to look out for their own health and safety, and the health and safety of others in the workplace.

Include those points in a toolbox talk for your employees to refresh their health and safety awareness and recap on their duties.

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