14 Health and Safety Compliance Must-Haves Part 2
Health and safety rules and regulations are a must-have for any company. The health and safety of your employees should always be at the forefront of your decision-making. Compliance to these safety, health, environment and quality management systems is one of the most important functions of both employer and employee.
Implementing these measures may not always be the easiest of exercises, but considering the importance thereof, you need to do whatever it takes to ensure compliance.
Let’s have a look at some more must-haves when it comes to your company’s health and safety compliance.
The entire work environment should regularly by monitored and inspected to identify potential hazards and determine the effectiveness of current safety measures. Subsequently, a needs analysis can be made and suggestions to improve the safety and health measures to protect employees can be made.
Keep employees informed
What you don’t know can hurt you, so keep all employees up to speed with the latest health and safety rules and regulations by placing information boards where it is nice and visible, and in places where employees are most likely to see them. You can also use these boards to communicate new measures that might be implemented as well as any changes to legislation.
Safe Work Procedure Plan
Also known as a Safe Operating Procedure Plan, this working document describes the best and safest manner of performing relevant tasks. This protects the employee as well as safeguards the tools, machinery and equipment. It also ensures a quality service or product.
Occupational hygiene surveys
You should have regular inspections on the hygiene of the environment in which your employees have to work to ensure it is not hazardous or harmful to their health. You need to prevent occupational diseases as you can be held liable if you neglect this.
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Regular toolbox talks
Toolbox talks are small discussion forums where any particular safety issue is addressed and discussed within the group. Having these toolbox talks helps to promote safety, keep employees informed and can serve as discussion forums where employees can give their feedback and feel empowered.
Formal committee meetings
By law, there should be regular scheduled meetings between health and safety representatives and employer representatives at least every three months. During these meetings, all relevant matters regarding the health and safety regulations at the company should be discussed and resolved to the benefit of the employees.
In this process, you need to identify all potential hazards, analyse these risks and find out how you can eliminate or control each hazard. This is the most important part of the health and safety programme and is a requirement for a company to be compliant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Keeping track of all these must-haves can seem a challenge, and that’s why Strategix developed our SHEQX management solution.