Posted on: November 15, 2007 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 2

Business Legal Reports has published a new report.

According to them, forty percent of employees injured at work in the U.S. have been on the job for less than a year.

It seems like a high percentage, doesn’t it?

It is their opinion that new employees lack the knowledge and experience that is gathered by workers who have spent more time on the job.

They provide the following seven reasons why this is the case:

  1. Employers assume that new employees know more than they really do.
  2. New employees are often afraid to ask questions.
  3. New employees do not thoroughly understand the necessity of, or how to use required PPE.
  4. The workplace environment is new to them. New workers aren’t familiar with its hazards or what to do in an emergency.
  5. Employee training for a particular job often focuses on what to do, but neglects training about the job hazards to avoid.
  6. Employees do not know enough about hazardous substances in their workplace.
  7. The workplace does not send the message that Health and Safety is a high priority.

This might be a report based on U.S statistics and research, but dont you think it has a familiar ring to it?


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  1. If you use the management systems as a guideline, the requirement for a legal register is embedded in element 4.3.2:

    4.3.2 Legal and other requirements
    The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)
    a) to identify and have access to the applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes related to its environmental aspects, and
    b) to determine how these requirements apply to its environmental aspects.
    The organization shall ensure that these applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes are taken into account in establishing, implementing and maintaining its environmental management system.

    Thus it does not require that a legal professional identifies the applicable legislation, so it is up the company to make this decision.

    However, caution must be applied. Even if no system is adhered to the company is still responsible to ensure that all legislative requirements applicable to their operations are adhered to. Ignorance of the law will never be an acceptable excuse. Thus if the non-legal person used to compile this register; the company must ensure that this person has the necessary knowledge, background and experience to identify the applicable legislation.

    I trust that this information will serve to be of some assistance.


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