5 Tips to get your H&S policy sorted!
We hear it all the time, can you just sort me a Health and Safety Policy, someone’s asking for it.
Adelaide is really passionate about this one as she is sick of getting the phone calls from people wanting a quick fix (you know who you are)!
Today we explain 5 important things to remember when actually creating a Health and Safety Policy. While it all sounds very official, it’s not really a big deal. It’s also really important that you don’t get suckered in to buying something from a naughty person telling you “You’re 100% covered with my one mate”!
Come on watch the Video, what’s the worst thing that could happen!
1. Understand the purpose of a Health and Safety Policy
Health and Safety Policies unfortunately don't do all your safety for you, all they do is say how you do safety in your business. Think of them like instructions for a Lego set. The instructions won't build the Lego set, you have to build it by following the instructions. And if you don't follow the instructions you might end up with something completely different.
Your Health and Safety policy is just telling you how to do safety in your business, whether you follow it or not is up to you.
2. Keep it simple, keep it practical
We've all seen a safety document which has acronyms and fancy words scattered throughout it, let's be honest, they're terrible. When making a safety policy don't make it complicated, use plain english and explain things so everyone can understand it, simple really.
3. Commit to awesomeness
What this means is that you are going to be awesome people and care about the safety of people around you. Have good safety plans in place, make sure people have the right skills and know what they are doing, make sure that the gear people use is safe to use, etc. It's the really practical things that seem like common sense, make sure you do them, that's what awesomeness is.
4. Talk about it with your staff
One of the worst things with safety is when a safety person sends out a new document on how to work safely and they haven't talked to anyone about it. Don't do that. When you are creating your safety policy or anything to do with safety, talk with your staff about it, ask what they think. After all, they are the ones doing the work.
5. Do it yourself
If you need a safety policy then don't go pay someone to give you this perfect piece of paper that doesn't relate to your business. Have a think about how you stay safe in your business and create your own policy. Sure you might pay someone to help out with things you might not be sure of, but write your policy yourself. That way you and your staff are much more likely to follow it.
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