If there’s one thing all businesses have in common, it’s the need for a clear and well-planned health and safety programme – and these days, the stakes are higher than ever before. One of the best ways to ensure that your programme is in tip-top shape is to provide all your employees with crystal clear instructions, information and training in this regard.
It all starts with awareness, and arming your staff members with the information they need to help ensure a safer workplace for all. Sadly, many companies skimp on this kind of training, leaving themselves and their employees vulnerable to accidents and fatalities.
A comprehensive health and safety plan consists of a variety of crucial building blocks, which include education, training and mandatory compliance. The plan should be part and parcel of the company culture and values, with clear consequences for those not honouring it.
By training your employees properly for any eventuality, you can prevent human tragedies, property damage, hefty compensation costs, legal and medical fees, as well as the high price of loss of production. You’ll also keep your company’s image intact.
Your policy should clearly identify risks and hazards, and the training should draw tangible links between overall safety and individual behaviour. It should also highlight correct precaution and procedures while pointing out critical points, and it should be a compulsory part of every employee’s induction. Remember that contractors who work for you part-time should also be included, and needs to be trained to identify hazards and risks they may face in the workplace. They should also know the measures in place to deal with such incidents and be able to follow the outlined emergency procedures.
As a business, the reasons for offering a comprehensive health and safety plan with sound employee training in place cannot be understated, and no business can actually afford to shortchange its employees in this vital area. Not only do you avoid unnecessary incidents, but you also reduce expenses such as claims and premiums, while vastly improving your public image and boosting your compliance ratings to boot.