Did you know: You must train your employees and contractors on safety signs in these six instances?

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 16 May. 2014

Tags: safety signs, ohsa, training employees on safety signs, occupational health and safety act, health and safety

Thought all you had to do was display the correct safety signs to inform employees and visitors of possible workplace risks on your site? You’re wrong.

In fact, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) you also have to provide training.

If you don’t do this, you’re breaking it and you can bet your bottom dollar the Department of Labour will come after you with a hefty fine for non-compliance.

Don’t bring such a problem to yourself.

Take a look at the six instances when you must train employees and contractors on safety signs so you can comply with the OHSA and avoid fines.


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Always train employees and visitors on safety signs in these six instances

The Health & Safety Advisor outlines six instances when you must train employees and contractors on safety signs. These include:

#1: Immediately after you install your safety signs;

#2: Before new employees start to work for you;

#3: Refresher training for all employees at least once a year;

#4: Training contractors before they do work on your premises;

#5: Giving regular contractors refresher training at least once a year (these are people that do work for you regularly, such as air conditioning filter cleaners, waste removal companies and pest control inspectors etc.); and

#6: And training occasional contractors each time they work on your premises (these are people who do work for you occasionally, such as plumbers, electricians etc.).

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You’re also required to train the following people on safety signs

  • You must train regular visitors and delivery people before they enter your site for the first time. This is especially important if they’re entering a hazardous area; and
  • Do refresher training for regular visitors and delivery people at least once a year (if they’ll be exposed to hazardous areas).

Now that you know all the instances you must train people on your site on safety signs, comply with the OHSA and protect your employees and visitors to your site.

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