Bringing policies to the attention of employees

The law requires that the health and safety policy is brought to the attention of all employees.

Some companies have manuals available in the supervisor’s office or on a shelf in the safety department. Others produce leaflets and distribute them to staff. Some of them might get read but virtually all will get binned or lost. It’s not the most exciting reading material after all; people are only interested when they’re interested and that generally means when there’s an issue.

Possibly the most creative idea I ever had was for a client and it was to develop a format whereby the details of a specific policy, including accountabilities and responsibilities, could be shown on one side of a piece of paper. Printed on A3 or A4, clear concise health and safety policy statements; they were there when employees needed them, posted on the wall, a very public demonstration of management’s commitment.

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