Seven Steps to Improve Health and Safety in SME’s

Seven steps to improve health and safety in SME’s

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1. Develop a plan – In terms of the OHS Act, an employer must identify hazards and take steps to mitigate the risks associated with them. As part of this process, it is important to establish a plan for implementing the organisation’s health and safety program. The plan is intended to minimize loss, meet regulatory compliance requirements and implement site safety regulations.


2. Inspections – Regular inspections are an important control measure and allow the organisation to measure their overall compliance to the OHS Act & Regulations and proactively deal with any gaps that are identified. Specific equipment, such as fire extinguishers or forklifts, can be checked as part of this process.


3. Training – Training is necessary for all employees, especially if there is a risk for potential injury associated with a specific job. Provide written instructions and safe work procedures and supervise your employees to ensure that they are using their training to perform their job properly and safely.


4. Communication – Meet regularly with employees and discuss health and safety matters with them. Encourage them to share their ideas and thoughts on how to improve safety in the workplace and drive internal communication through notice boards and toolbox talks.


5. Incident investigations – Even if an incident does not result in a serious injury, it is important to conduct a thorough incident investigation to help determine why an incident happened and what control measures can be implemented to ensure that it will not recur.


6. Maintain Records – Keep records of all first aid treatment, inspections, incident investigations, and training activities. This information can help identify trends in unsafe conditions or work procedures.


7. Integrate health and safety into your business – Safety should be treated the same way as quality management, customer support, stock control and budgeting. Health and safety management should be integrated into a company’s normal operating activities particularly given its role at improving productivity and staff morale.


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