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Law: Speaking in Tongues

With the increase of the EEC and an influx of foreign workers in the UK and the work place it is not just the language barrier that you have to cross.

As an Employer within a multicultural society you have to ensure that, as well as being able to efficiently communicate, the employee understands the cultural attitude and practice in regard to Health & Safety in the workplace.

In many European Countries, as well as those outside, Health & Safety standards are often poor on non-existent. It is imperative that any foreign employee working in the UK knows and understands what is expected of them.

In particular you should ensure the following are considered:

  • All Hazard Signs / Warnings are translated to their own language if they are unable to read and understand English.

  • Manual Handling – Ensure they understand how to lift correctly and that they do not try to lift more than the safe work load.

  • Rest Breaks – Ensure that they understand the need for rest breaks and rest periods.

  • Personal Protective Equipment – Ensure they understand the need to use Personal Protective Equipment.

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