South Africa is home to a huge range of different businesses. Workers operate in so many different environments, from office blocks through to mines and construction sites. What unites all of these workplaces is the need for good health and safety.
Health and safety makes a difference. People hear too much about the myths and not enough about the reality. Workers are grateful for protection, business improves as a result. Investment in safety means fewer accidents, better levels of productivity, improved morale and enhanced corporate reputation. Safety isn’t just about compliance. It’s an investment in the fabric of the business that pays itself back in so many different ways.
Health and safety training is one of the cornerstones of effective safety management. A better educated workforce is more aware of potential risks and hazards. Training can take a variety of different forms, the classroom and e-learning, so businesses can reach employees no matter where they are based or what they do.
Of course training alone isn’t enough. Regular risk assessments must be carried out to identify and negate potential hazards and provision must be made for when things go wrong. Even with robust safety systems in place accidents can and do happen. Workers may develop health problems over time as well. Occupational health and safety helps to manage the health of employees while they are at work. Having some sort of provision like this means problems are resolved faster, with less impact in terms of time off and lost productivity.
Good health and safety is a valuable investment. Working with an external provider of training and consultancy can help any business put its house in order and improve levels of workplace safety. South African businesses have a legal and moral duty of care towards their employees. A safer workplace is better for everyone.