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Importance of implementing workplace health and safety regulations

Feb 28

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2013-02-28 02:33 PM  RssIcon

Government started drastically enforcing health and safety regulations in businesses in recent years.  When companies don't enforce the regulations set out by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) of 1994, they may be fined. More importantly, a safe workplace ensures that companies limit their liability in the case of a workplace accident.

This act provides guidelines on issues pertaining to first aid, stacking, packing, fire and ventilation, temperature, lighting, noise, using machinery, protective clothing, using change rooms, drinking water, toilets and washing facilities. It also extends to exposure to asbestos, heavy and dangerous machinery and ladders. Inspectors visit companies to ensure that regulations are implemented and have authority to enforce regulations and issue fines if necessary.

Workers and visitors are safer in the workplace when safety equipment and procedures are in place. This boosts morale in the workplace, because staff who feel safe in the workplace are more productive and efficient.

Most large companies have dedicated Health and Safety departments that handle this aspect of the organisation. They understand how an accident in the workplace can not only harm their pocket, but also morale and their reputation.  However, many medium and small business ignore health and safety in the workplace with dire results.

Some companies have a problem whereby regulations and equipment are issued, but the staff don't implement it, either through apathy or a lack of concern for their safety and that of their co-workers. Management can implement checklists and appoint a supervisor to ensure that health and safety procedures are followed.

Ensuring that workers understand the importance of health and safety precautions will go a long way to avoiding liability in case of an accident. They have to be made aware of the consequences of irresponsible behaviour and not following regulations.

Implementing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is simple and IBE helps to make it even easier. We provide all the equipment you need to make your workplace safe. From safety signs and equipment to protective clothing (boots, glasses and gloves). These tools can help to increase the effeciency of staff in the workplace. They feel safer and thus become more productive.

We can also provide you with standard rule books, checklists and other documentation needed to follow the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in a professional manner. It will limit your liability in the event of accidents and boost your reputation as an employer.

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