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Creating a safe workplace environment is a multi-faceted endeavour. It involves a combination of policies, practices and culture that collectively ensures safety and respect. Organisations that neglect these responsibilities often see a decline in employee morale and productivity, which leads to increased absenteeism, a higher turnover rate, exposure to legal risks and damage to your reputation.

Use the following guide to ensure your workplace is as safe as it can be.


Establish Clear Policies

Develop and implement clear policies that address all aspects of workplace safety, including physical safety, mental well-being and respectful conduct. These policies should be communicated to all employees while being fairly and consistently enforced as required. At In Safe Hands, our HR & Safety Advisory Consultations provide a full policy, recruitment and investigations audit to bring your organisation up to standard.


Regular Training and Education

Provide regular training sessions for employees on workplace safety, harassment and respectful communication. This could include workshops, seminars and training sessions that educate employees about recognising and preventing workplace hazards, harassment and discrimination.

Promote Open Communication

Encourage an environment where employees feel comfortable voicing their concerns, suggestions or grievances. This can be achieved through regular team meetings, suggestion boxes, and establishing clear, confidential channels for reporting issues.


Leadership Commitment

In your commitment to maintaining a safe and respectful workplace, management and leadership teams should lead by example and be approachable, demonstrating respect in your interactions and being open to feedback.


Diverse and Inclusive Environment

Promote inclusion in the workplace through diversity-focused hiring practices, along with creating an environment where all perspectives are valued and everyone feels included.


Regular Risk Assessments

Conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential safety hazards and take proactive steps to mitigate them. This includes both physical hazards and psychosocial risks that could lead to stress or mental health issues.


Mental Health Support

Mental health is an integral part of overall workplace safety. Offer resources and support including access to counselling services, stress management programs and a supportive HR department. 


Conflict Resolution Mechanisms

Effective mechanisms for resolving conflicts could include mediation services, conflict resolution training, and clear guidelines on how to handle disputes. Where a dispute leads to an incident investigation, In Safe Hands can save you from the stressors of navigating this legal minefield with a meticulous and comprehensive incident investigation service.

Recognition and Reward Programs

Recognise and reward respectful behaviour and contributions to a safe work environment. This can help reinforce positive behaviour and create a more positive workplace culture.


Continuous Improvement

Regularly review and update your strategies and policies to adapt to new challenges or changes in the workplace. This should involve feedback from employees to ensure that the measures in place are effective and relevant.




Everyone in an organisation has a role to play in fostering a safe and respectful workplace. However, the frameworks and minimum benchmarks must come from the top. In Safe Hands provides an extensive service for organisations and government departments in policy development, conflict resolution and DIY training. Get in touch to see how In Safe Hands can support your organisation today.


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