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25 April, 2017
One of the most challenging and important tasks facing every manager is to create conditions in which all employees can enjoy the highest possible standards in terms of health and safety at work. It goes without saying that any problems that might occur in relation to this might be so serious that you’ll never be able to recover completely.
Not only is a human life and every person’s health something you can’t put a price on, but your business is bound to suffer due to interruption in production or service provision. That’s why having a solid workplace safety policy makes perfect sense from the managerial point of view. So, what are the things you can do to improve in this aspect?
When it comes to safety, there is nothing more important than prevention. In order to be able to prevent issues, you need to conduct a thorough risk assessment, taking into account every possible threat to the health of your employees. Having everyone included in this process is very important, since your employees must be aware of some things that you’re probably failing to notice.
No matter how well you and your colleagues know the threats and potential problems, you definitely need to consult experts in workplace safety. This investment is always less expensive than potentially having to deal with damage. Due to the importance of health and safety at work, it’s highly advisable that you never take a haphazard approach to this matter.
Simply talking about health and safety issues and having unwritten policies is never a good idea. On the other hand, if you have a health and safety policy written down, everyone will be able to refer to it at any time and since such policies contain clear instructions and definitions of responsibilities, you’ll never have a situation in which you won’t know who is responsible for what aspect of your business. There is also a legal requirement to have a written health and safety policy depending on the number of your employees.
Despite having taken all the necessary precautions, some problems may occur through no fault of yours. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Generally speaking, your employees should remain calm and react as instructed in case of emergencies, but it is also useful to have Fire Safe ANZ evacuation diagrams in places where everyone can see them. They are useful reminders of procedures in case of an emergency.
There’s a good reason why all serious companies have taken insurance policies that will cover any possible injury or illness of their employees. Without employer’s liability insurance to help you meet the cost of potential compensation that your company might have to pay to an employee who has fallen ill due to poor working conditions, you might get into great financial problems.
Naturally, small family businesses might not need such insurance, but if you’re running any medium or large enterprise, it would be very risky and unwise to do that without such a safety net.
As you can see, all the steps you take in order to keep everyone safe and healthy are beneficial to both your employees and the company. Most of the recommended measures don’t require substantial effort or resources, but they do go a long way in helping you achieve your business goals.
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