Today, an employer can be sued for almost any accident in the workplace. Someone somewhere will be saying it’s your fault.
In court, employees can claim they didn’t properly comprehend your safe systems of work, or that you didn’t explain to them properly, and that you were negligent in your staff training.
To stop this happening, safety video has long been recognised as the safety training delivery mechanism of choice.
This is because video safety messages clearly and visually show the issues, and what employees are required to do in order for work to be carried out safely.
Many employers choose to produce their own Health and Safety videos to make sure the training is exactly what the job requires.
This is instead of buying a standard video off the shelf – which may not include everything they need to cover, or may cover to much that is not relevant.
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So that’s the end of it? A custom safety video solves the problem? Not quite!
Sometimes even a good quality safety training video isn’t enough. You can still be sued for telling the rules in a clear and proper manner.
Lawyers will try and show your video in a different light and try to prove the opposite to the judge.
So here are 5 helpful tips you can follow to help make sure your safety video stands up in court.
Don’t show bad practice, or be very careful when you do, as it leaves the door open for opposing counsel to say that bad practice is a norm of working life at your firm, and that the video clearly proves it.
- Be clear in saying that all bad practice examples are staged. Don’t imply that they’re normal.
- Always get staff to sign that they’ve seen and understood the video. Better still, have some form of validation after viewing the video. This way they can’t say they were unaware.
- Use interactive DVD wherever you can. Having a safety questionnaire at the end of the video for you staff to fill out will support your claim that the training you deliver really involves staff. The interactivity validates that they really understand the training and the safety at work issues involved.
- Have your CEO or MD close the video with a clear statement of what’s expected in safety terms. This visibly demonstrates commitment right from the top. Have them vigorously endorse safety, and clearly state that no one is ever, ever expected to work unsafely.
- Ask your legal department or your attorney to review the script. Involve them at an early stage in the video production. You don’t want them suggesting expensive remakes to conform to new legislation or requirements right at the end of the production.
Compensation claims are a fact of life. Make sure your safety training is the very best you can provide by using H & S video.
And use these 5 tips to ensure you don’t innocently become a tribunal victim.
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