Health and safety is about more than just safety equipment

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 17 Jul. 2014

Tags: health and safety, safety equipment, safety issues, workplace accidents, ohs training

Safety equipment is the most common way to deal with health and safety issues. What you may not know is that there’s more to creating a safe working environment than using safety equipment.

It’s also about constant assessment, inspection, revaluation and most importantly, teamwork!

Without teamwork, you can’t achieve high health and safety standards

As that old saying goes “No man is an island”. This is true for health and safety because if your employees just keep their heads down and only look after themselves more accidents will happen.
A strong support system is the only way to make up for the fact that none of your employees have eyes at the back of their heads. 
With strong support, your employees can warn each other about possible dangers they wouldn’t have seen before. 
So how do you create this culture of teamwork in your company?
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Here’s how to avoid it…

Here’s how you can create a culture of teamwork in your company to improve health and safety

1. Have regular team building activities. These give your employees a chance to connect with each other.
2. Get your employees to work in smaller teams. A group of ten people will form tighter bonds than a group of 50.
3. Give your employees OHS training on working together and their responsibility to each other.
If you can create this culture of teamwork, your employees will be more likely to look out for each other. That means fewer workplace accidents and safer employees. 
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