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Essential Tips to Ensure Business Health and Safety Compliance

Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Jan 08, 2022

Health and safety are an essential part of maintaining a business. If you are not complying with rules and regulations, you risk your employees getting injured and you risk facing legal proceedings. By reinforcing good practice to your employees and implementing a few strategies, you can make the whole process easier. Here are some essential tips to ensure you’re in compliance with health and safety standards. Learn more at cleanzen.com 

Training

Training your employees is the first place to start. If they do not know what the rules and regulations are, they cannot be expected to follow them. It will be an expense to train them, but it won’t be as expensive as any legal proceedings incurred by an employee’s injury. It is important to promote ongoing training so once they have the necessary training, you should ensure that they have periodic refresher courses so that they are aware of any changes. 

Use Technology

Technology is a keyway to ensure that your employees are sticking to health and safety regulations. It is also a way for you to reduce your own costs. If you run a logistics company, AI dash cams have real-time incident detection and can be used to provide preventative in-cab coaching. You will have an easy way to pick up on any bad driving habits displayed by your employees and they can be corrected as soon as possible. Poor driving can affect the reputation of your business, so it is vital that you have a way of preventing it as early as possible. If you have a team of employees, consider whether implementing a communication tool would improve operations. The takeaway here is to leverage technology in whatever way you can to increase your bottom line. 

Encourage Communication

With all the latest professional communication trends buzzing, communication amongst employees and management will allow for any problems to be highlighted. You can use suggestion boxes where employees can write down their concerns anonymously. You should also show your willingness to listen to your employees and be receptive to any ideas they may have. If they feel you won’t listen then they won’t highlight issues that could be problematic. Encourage communication between employees, too. By doing this they will feel they are in a safe working environment. 

Use Labels

Some hazards are obvious, while others not so much. By using labels, you will have a clear visual indication of where any hazards may lie. You can also encourage your employees to do this when they feel something needs to be highlighted. Remember that some hazards may be obvious to people who have been around them for long periods of time, however for those who are new to a particular working area, it might not be so obvious. Labels will ensure that they are immediately aware of any safety risks. 

Keep Working Areas Tidy

Always keep working areas clean and tidy. Trip hazards are one of the most important risks you should be aware of. Ensure that there are no loose wires in office spaces, and that any trash is disposed of in a safe place. In larger working areas such as warehouses, cleaning should be regularly performed to ensure that there are no hazards left lying around. Encourage tidy working practice in your employees so that they tidy as they work, rather than leaving it until the end of the day.

 

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