Ensuring your employees stay safe at work, no matter where they work, is important business.

Workplace injuries can be very costly, and part of an employer’s responsibility is to take time to think about what needs to be done, and how it could be done as safely as possible.

Workplace safety is also critical to the long-term success of any business. A safe workplace assists in retaining staff, maximising productivity and minimising employee injury and sick leave.

Here are our top six tips for keeping your staff safe at work:

1. Assess the risks

Developing a risk assessment can help determine the severity of the risk, whether existing control measures are effective and whether actions should be taken to control the risk. A risk assessment is mandatory for certain high-risk activities such as entry into confined spaces, diving, live electrical and high-risk construction work.

Understanding of the risk assessment allows employees to be more aware and cautious when moving around the workplace and reduces risks of work-related injury or illness. And, don’t forget that workplace hazards should always be discussed when inducting new employees.

2. Provide instruction and training to your workers to ensure they are safe

As an employer, you should provide work health and safety training in order to keep your workplace safe to everyone on site. Providing training can reduce the chances of workplace incidents and injuries.

This safety training should be done as soon as employees commence work with you. Regular refresher training should also take place, particularly when changes are made to the business.

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3. If working with equipment, ensure it is tested regularly

Electrical items and equipment in your workplace need to be regularly tagged and tested. This does not only apply to workplace equipment, but also items brought in from employee’s homes as well.

For more information on testing and maintenance of tools and equipment, check out Work Cover QLD’s website here.

4. Ensure your staff are wearing the correct safety protection

It is imperative that employees wear the correct safety protection equipment or they may get injured. This protection is dependant on the job and includes earplugs, safety goggles, hard hats, gloves, full face masks and earmuffs.

In addition, making sure you have procedures in place and ensuring employees adhere to these greatly reduces the risk of injury in your workplace.

5. Ensure your employees are taking regular breaks

Ensuring your employees stay alert and well rested is very important. Many workplace incidents happen when a staff member is burnt out and not alert to their surroundings.

Enforcing staff take their regularly scheduled breaks reduces the risks of them getting too tired and your workplace injury risks.

6. Encourage your staff to look after their overall health

Happy employees make safe and productive employees. To have happy employees, it is important to encourage them take care of themselves through healthy diet, exercise, wellbeing, rest and managing stress.

Setting up company wellbeing initiatives and events sends the message to your employees that their wellbeing is important to the business.

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