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Safety Management is a continual process.

Engage your employees and bring the Safety statement to their attention.

Review the Safety Statement and update or amend it as required. This should be annually, but more frequently if for example your business changes and your employees are exposed to new hazards e.g. the introduction of new machinery or new work practices, or when there is reason to believe that it is no longer adequate e.g. changes to health and safety arrangements and resources or a near-miss incident.

Check that the measures taken are being adhered to and are effective.

Three simple steps that a small business owner/manager can take to minimise workplace accidents:

  • Discourage risk-taking behaviour:  If someone undertakes an unsafe act and “gets away with it”, the potential consequences of that act should be made clear to all concerned. Lead by example and don’t take chances yourself. If employees see you taking risks, don’t be surprised if they behave the same way.
  • Encourage individuals to behave safely:  Explain to employees why unsafe or risky behaviour is not acceptable. Verbalise the consequences both to their own safety, health and welfare and to those of their colleagues. Comment positively on examples of good practice when you see it. Where possible, reward examples of good safety and health behaviour.
  • Improve safety behaviour in the performance of routine tasks:  Research shows that it is when performing routine tasks that people become less vigilant and concentration can become less focused. Try to rotate tasks and allow those who must undertake routine work to take regular on-the-spot “time outs” from standard routine activity.