Your duty as an employer is to make sure your employees are well informed about their health and safety at work. Australian workplace legislation states that employees must be aware of any potential hazards and safe methods while at work. There are a number of ways you can share this information but, whatever way you choose, your employees need to make sense of it.
‘Toolbox talks’, sometimes known as ‘tailgate meetings’ or ‘safety briefings’, are informal safety meetings usually held for particular tasks. Other businesses may run team briefings where the manager talks to the team about safety in their workplace. In any case, record details of the topics discussed and who was at the meeting.
You can regularly conduct a ‘training needs analysis’ to decide if employees need further training in health and safety and whether to do this in-house or hire an external trainer. Always record the type of training your employees do and have them sign for any training taken.
Sometimes you will consult with your employees on health and safety, either directly or through a safety representative elected by your workforce or appointed by a union. Provide your employees with the findings of any risk assessments by putting in writing the safest ways of working.
Employsure advises you on the best ways to communicate information for employees. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.