Communicate Safety Throughout your Company

  1. Send An Email or Newsletter – if your employees have a company email address, make sure that everyone gets an email outlining safety standards at least once a month. Another way is mailing a newsletter to the address of every employee; you can include one with their paystub as well.
  2. Post Signage Throughout The Workplace – Place a sign where employees punch in, in break rooms, around equipment and wherever else employees frequently congregate. Be creative and use video and other mediums to help reinforce standards.
  3. Take Pictures Of Safe Actions – A picture is worth a thousand words! Make it perfectly clear what the expectations are by taking pictures of employees demonstrating these actions. Include these in your newsletters and emails.
  4. Hold Meetings (Toolbox Talks)- To ensure that everyone is getting the message, hold small-group meetings that are mandatory for all employees. Make Toolbox Talks a part of the daily routine to review and discuss safety standards.
  5. Require Appropriate Training- If you send people out untrained, you are communicating that safety doesn’t matter. People learn more from the workplace culture than from the signs that are posted. Create a culture of safety in the workplace by properly training your employees.
  6. Safety Comment Cards- Encourage employees to hold each other accountable and spot unexpected hazards by providing safety comment cards. You could also include a form on your company’s Intranet to make it easier for people to access.
  7. Make It Part Of The Employee Review Process- If an employee is not being safe, it should be brought up at their next performance review. Likewise, you should reward people who are working safety.
  8. Don’t Skimp on the Safety Gear Budget- Communicate priority in your safety budget. If you are buying the cheapest safety harnesses and glasses, no wonder people don’t want to wear them! Put an emphasis on safety by buying quality gear that people will want to wear.
  9. Routine Safety Checks- Supervisors should walk around the premises on a regular basis to do fall safety checks. No one should be exempt from the safety standards implemented by the company. Employees who break these rules should be warned and then sent home if the behavior does not change.
  10. Share Case Studies or Incident Reports- Put the reality behind the need for safety, by sharing events about real people who have been affected by insufficient safety measures.


Industrial vending machines lead to savings

PPE Vending Machine

Joseph Bazor has noticed increased savings in supplies since Johnson Controls Inc. installed industrial vending machines in its work areas.

The all-access concept puts tools such as safety gloves and goggles, duct tape, drill bits and other office supplies on hand 24 hours a day in a vending machine similar to those that dispense snacks and candy.

Called the Fast 5000, the machine is connected to the Internet and requires a code or other tracking method to provide accountability among workers.

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One of the top killers of construction workers – transport

Business does not happen without transportation. Material delivery, transporting workers, supplies and equipmment are an everyday part business.

The South African roads are not a closed work environment and accident happen all the time.

Do you have a safe driver policy, including drivers licence checks, cellphone usage policy and seat belt policy? Do you text for alcohol when drivers enter your workyard?

I cannot count the number of times I have driven behind an vehicle overloaded beyond comprehension with contruction workers on the way to a site.  Often sitting on the edges of an open bakkie.

The law states that you are not allowed to carry people in or on a non passenger registered vehicle. LDV and Truck are thus out.

If you want to carry people in a “bakkie” you need to install seats and safety belts. Then the vechile has to go back to the testing ground and be reregistered to carry x amout of people.

The law is very vague on the subject and this is why it has never really been inforced. Being a gray area, the insurance is not obligated to pay out, should something happen.

COSATU has repeatedly demanded an end to the practice of using open bakkies to transport workers. They are not designed for carrying passengers. While passengers in comparative safety inside vehicles are rightly compelled to wear seat belts, people on a ba kkie have no protection at all. If the vehicle crashes they will be flung on to the road, at huge risk to their lives.

It is intolerable that workers should be forced to travel to and from their work in such dangerous conditions. It is a clear breach of their right to safe working conditions.

Employers must ensure workplace safety

An inspection raid took place in May this year aimed at the farm and forestry sector.  The Labour Minister Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant made it clear that

Employers should also fulfil their obligation to ensure that worker’s lives and their safety are not threatened in the workplace, The provision of relevant training and adequate protective wear must be made available by all employers.

She told workers,

I urge you workers to take safety in your own hands. You also need to ensure that health and safety representatives continue to monitor all aspects of workplace safety and bring these to the attention of workers and employers. Where no action by the latter takes place we urge workers to immediately contact our labour inspectors

According to Business Day,

Inspectors focused on occupational health and safety, the basic conditions of employment, employment equity, unemployment insurance and the compensation for occupational injuries and diseases Acts.

Among the glaring violations picked up during the raids was the flouting of occupational health and safety standards. These included electrical wiring left exposed, exposure of workers to high levels of noise and dust, no guarding of heavy machinery, no proof of safety induction programme in place, no risk assessment plan made available, lack of health and safety representatives appointed, poor ablution facilities, general lack of safety signage, and fire-fighting equipment not accessible enough in case of emergencies.

FTS Safety has a range of products suited to the forestry sector