Methods to establish accountability should be designed to monitor the quality and compliance of the procedures in place, including:

  • the inclusion of accountability in the policy statement,
  • the inclusion of health and safety responsibilities and performance objectives in job descriptions,
  • procedures to ensure that health and safety performance is considered as part of staff performance appraisal and salary review,
  • regular reviews of the health and safety program,
  • regular reporting requirements built into program elements.

Part of the success of a policy is making sure that all employees are aware of that policy. If the policy implementation plan is a good plan, then employees will be reminded as part of their daily activities, at safety meetings, and during orientation and training sessions to the existence of this policy.

Responsibility for adhering to the health and safety policy may be part of employee job descriptions. At the start of employment, a copy of the policy could be given to each employee and informed that following the policy is a condition of employment.

The workplace can build commitment to the policy by holding regular safety talks, posting workplace signs, posting articles about the policy in company newsletters, company and intranet, sending emails, and referencing this policy in employment manuals, etc.

Each workplace will of course have its own way of keeping its employees informed. The one thing to remember is the need to have a plan to stick to.

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