When it comes to safety and operating safely in the workplace, employers will sometimes say to me “Its common sense”. I tend to agree. However, the difficulty is : “common sense is learnt over time and at different rates for different people”. Its dependent on knowledge learnt over time.
So, what about the meantime. What about the new employee who hasn’t had time to learn, in relation to that piece of equipment or that risky work process, yet.
It makes sense (perhaps “common sense”) to have a standard safety process for using that piece of equipment or carrying out that difficult work process. A process that all agree to (new employee’s and long-term campaigner’s!) All being on the same page.
Write it down. Make it formal. Discuss it. Get agreement. Reinforce it. It may save a life. (or a finger!)
Bob is passionate about good workplace Health and Safety. Hes experienced , qualified, easy to talk to and always available.