Domestic Worker – focus on safety in the workplace

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Your domestic worker need Yambu Domestic Care…

As a responsible employer, you have the best interests of your domestic worker at heart.  The gardener, childminder or domestic staff come to work, just like the employer him or herself goes to their place of work.  At the employer’s ‘formal’ workplace it is expected that all safety related regulations are in place and that a formally employed safety officer will ensure that everyone adheres to the rules.

Is this also the case when your home is the place of work?  Do we, as employers to domestic workers, always ensure that our homes, their place of work, are safe?  Climbing on tall ladders to clean windows, using the lawnmower, walking up and down steep staircases while carrying goods, these are but a few examples of ‘dangerous’ activities in the domestic workplace.  Apart from this, there have been many reports about a domestic worker walking to work or going home that have been attacked by dogs.  What about your own dog?  Or the neighbour’s that got out and entered your premises?

Read more about dog attacks here

Another threat to our staff at home is the very real possibility of being mugged or attacked by criminals.  Not even staff working in gated complexes are safe, criminals are shrewd and have many ways of entering perceived safe environments where they can cause harm to our workers.

Read more about muggings at home here

How will your domestic staff, who have little to leave their dependents if they pass away, or who do not have the resources to pay hospital bills, be affected by any such trauma?  As an employer, how will you handle the financial stress?  Yambu offers you the chance to protect yourself and your domestic staff with Yambu Domestic Care

Here are a few safety tips for your domestic staff:

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and valuables – rather pay your domestic staff with via an E-wallet or EFT.
  • Keep your cell phone hidden.
  • Do not walk with earphones as you cannot hear what is happening around you.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Change your route to avoid predictability, in case somebody is watching you.
  • Avoid areas that are secluded and hidden from general view.
  • Whenever possible, walk with someone.
  • Report any suspicious behavior to your security provider in the area.

Here are a few safety tips on how to avoid a dog attack:

  • Stand still, don’t run.
  • Keep your hands by your side.
  • Stay quiet, try not to make any noise.
  • Avoid eye contact with the dog, look at the ground.
  • Once the dog has lost interest, slowly back away.
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