All you need to keep in mind at Christmas time: Part 1, A safe workplace is a happy workplace!

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The silly season isn’t called the silly season for no particular reason. It’s not just Christmas parties that fall under the “Silly Season”, businesses often hit what is the busiest time of their year as they begin the countdown to the end of the year. Here are a few tips to help maintain the festive spirit whilst not getting overwhelmed by the Christmas rush.

Some businesses are extremely busy in the lead-up to Christmas as they hurry to finish projects or work overtime to meet demand. This could lead to the temptation to cut corners or not follow safety procedures in an effort to get more done.

Other businesses may need to supplement their labour force with temporary or casual staff. Such staff may be inexperienced and/or unfamiliar with a business’ safety procedures. Employers should ensure that the induction process is thorough to mitigate any unnecessary risk.

So, what should you do in the lead up to Christmas to keep that festive spirit? We recommend that you:

  • Review your employment policies and update them if necessary
  • Remind all of your employees about their obligations under those policies
  • Ensure that you adhere to the policies too – particularly around the service of alcohol
  • Provide transport to and from Christmas parties
  • Highlight the temptation to cut corners and remind staff of the dangers of doing so
  • Ensure your induction of temporary or casual employees also focuses on safety
  • Generally take every opportunity to give safety even more profile than you usually do

Following all of these tips should mean you have a happy and safe Christmas!

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