When are you Safety compliant

Hi Everyone,

In the last few weeks I have had a lot of contact with current and potential customers. During this time I have shaken my head in frustration and been dissappointed with certain safety reactions.

The frustration and dissappointment came in as I was surprised that the various people I had been dealing with did not see the validity and necessity of increasing safety awareness in the workplaces that they are apart of.

This got me thinking about when being compliant on paper is not enough. What I mean by this is that you have complied to the OHS laws and created procedures, appointed safety reps and have all of the correct serviced safety equipment. By having all of this you may be considered to be compliant but without applying all of the procedures in the safety system and communicating to and training your staff the system is a failure.

The only systems that I have seen work effectively and protect the company as it was intended to, is the systems that the management are active in the system and passionate about results. This means educating and involving as many employees as possible in safety, Encouraging all of the workers to look out for each other and explaining all of the risks they will face in their job.

Communication along with action is the key to a safe work environment.
Continue to improve and assess your safety situation as employees change, new buildings get older and remodelling takes place.

Improving and assessing your current situation can be done within the company as long as the ground work was done correctly. I always try and set up a safety system and leave having given the correct tools to the staff to maintain a compliant premises themselves but letting them know I am available to problem solve any issues.

Hold workshops, toolbox talks, and fire drills to keep the staff thinking of safety and the procedures to follow.

Please contact me if you require any assistance with improving or creating a safety system.

Thanks for reading and please think safely

All the best

Guy

The truth about employees

Hi All,

I was busy doing an audit in a factory last week and I noticed an employee performing an unsafe act. Myself obviously having safety at heart and being contracted by the company to observe and report safety issues. I mentioned to the employee that what he was doing is not safe and he can get seriously injured.

His response was was made quickly and proudly. He said ” It is ok if I get injured at work work will have to pay me” I was shocked but quickly learnt that a number of employees had the same philosophy.

The way to change this thought process and protect yourselves as managers and employers is training and awareness. The truth is, is that if you put in the correct steps and are compliant when an emplyee performes an unsafe or negligent act you have covered yourself and The compensation insurance will be all that is needed to compensate the employee.

Employees need to be made aware of their rites ans well as the employers rites. this in my experience gives employees a feeling of being part of a team with no tip toeing around what could be a tough issue.

As an employer it is vital to keep compliant so in the case of an incident you are not seen as negligent.

Thank you for your time

Keep safe

Guy

Cross department safety awareness

Hi All,

In todays business world many organizaions see each department as a seperate entity. This has its pro’s and its con’s. With regards to safety this seems to be a negative way of thinking as a lot of injuries are occurring with people out of their departments.

It is very important to train staff and make them aware of all of the risks that exist within the company. That way if an office member needs to spend tme in the factory they are mentally prepared with what they need to do to stay out of trouble.

This can be achieved by simple training work shops or training days.

Thanks guys

Think safe

Guy