Health and Safety: Say it Loud and Proud to Lower the Risk

A ‘she’ll be right’ attitude towards health and safety won’t cut it. You’ve got to make a conscious decision to be safe and get everyone in your team thinking about health and safety every step of the way. Here are a few ways to do this effectively:

  • Get real. Sit down as a team (including family) and answer these three questions and then pin them where everyone can see them.
    • “Why do we want a safe and healthy farm?”
    • “What will we do to be a safe and healthy farm?”
    • “How will we make sure everyone who comes to our farm is safe and healthy?”
  • Prioritise it. When you meet with your team, put health and safety at the top of the agenda. Even just spend five minutes discussing any incidents, injuries or near misses, and see if anyone has any suggestions about new or upcoming seasonal risks, or new ways of doing things.
  • Keep it simple. When you’re planning the day’s or season’s work, take a moment to ask “What do we have to look out for?” It doesn’t need to be a formal briefing, just a conscious moment to think about any risks or maintenance issues.
  • Paperwork isn’t enough. Reducing health and safety mishaps isn’t about documents and manuals – it’s about thinking and talking about risks and doing what needs to be done to stay healthy and safe.
  • Be vigilant. Make sure everyone on the farm knows how the risks can change with the time of day, the season, or a person’s emotional or physical state.

If you would like to chat to the Epplett and Co. team about health and safety concerns in your workplace call us on (06) 878 8824.

Health and Safety obligations with employees working from home

It is becoming quite common for employees to decide to work from home for part of the working week. So what are your obligations as an employer when someone from your team makes this decision to do so? As an employer, do you have any obligations at all? The answer is yes, you do.

The definition of place of work includes any place where a person is to work or is working for gain or reward and this includes the worker’s own home if that is used for work. As an employer, it is your duty to take all the necessary steps to prevent harm to your employees when they are at work.

Be sure to check that your employee has adequate resources to perform his or her role and the home office is a safe environment.

This includes ensuring that the home is appropriately furnished and computer equipment is functional.

These elements are essential to maximising productivity but are also crucial when ensuring the health and safety of your team member.

Health and Safety requirements when working from home should be covered when setting out the terms of working from home. To find out if you’re complying with Health and Safety requirements, come and see us.