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10 Essential Health and Safety Tips for Businesses in Thailand

As an experienced Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Manager specialising in occupational safety and health in Asia and the developing world, I’ve witnessed first-hand the importance of prioritising health and safety in the workplace. With Thailand’s diverse business landscape and unique cultural challenges, ensuring the well-being of employees requires careful attention to detail and proactive measures. In this article, I’ll share 10 Safety Tips for Businesses in Thailand to help businesses navigate the health and safety landscape in Thailand effectively.

10 Business Safety Tips
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Tip 1. Understand Thai Regulatory Requirements:

Safety Tip number 1 for businesses in Thailand is understanding the regulatory framework. It is crucial for businesses operating in Thailand to understand this. Familiarise yourself with local laws and regulations concerning health and safety, including those enforced by the Thai Ministry of Labour and relevant industry-specific authorities. Conduct regular reviews to ensure compliance with evolving standards and regulations. Much of these regulations are in Thai language, however there are many “unofficial” translations available on the internet. Be sure to read my review of the updates made to the Thai OSH Act in 2022. 

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Tip 2. Conduct Comprehensive Risk Assessments:

Safety Tip number 2 for Businesses in Thailand, is to get your Risk Assessments completed to a level of detail that you can accurately define those risks and implement practical solutions to mitigate them. The Risk Assessment is the cornerstone of effective health and safety management. Take the time to identify potential hazards in the workplace, assess their severity and likelihood, and implement appropriate control measures. Regularly review and update risk assessments to reflect changes in operations or conditions. If you don’t have anyone on your team that is trained or perhaps qualified to identify workplace risks, reach out to Ashlar. We can provide you with a subject matter expert in workplace risk assessing that can help you identify and mitigate risk with practical solutions

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Tip 3. Implement Effective Safety Training Programs:

Invest in comprehensive safety training programs to equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need to work safely. Tailor training sessions to address specific hazards and tasks relevant to your industry and workplace. Encourage employee participation and engagement to foster a culture of safety. Remember, when selecting a training partner, look into the standards they follow. Often, training companies may be offering outdated or incorrect training so do ask then what standards they follow and whether or not they have been updating their training regularly. A good example is Basic Fire Training. I have witnessed training companies using lit LPG gas bottles in their training programs. Is this really safe or necessary? I certainly don’t think so. Check out Kiwi Resource Protection for fire safety training using international standards

Communicate: Tip 4 of 10 Safety Tips for Businesses Thailand
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Tip 4. Foster Open Communication Channels:

Effective communication is essential for identifying and addressing safety concerns. Establish open channels of communication between management and employees to encourage reporting of hazards, incidents, and near misses. Create a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable raising safety issues without fear of retribution. If you are already using Microsoft 365, then consider using the amazing features found in SharePoint for safety and other communications. It’s included with most Microsoft 365 business packages and is easy to implement. If you need some advice, get in contact

Ergonomics: Tip 5 of 10 Safety Tips for Businesses Thailand
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Tip 5. Prioritise Ergonomic Workplace Design:

Promote ergonomic principles to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and other work-related injuries. Assess workstations and equipment for ergonomic suitability, and make necessary adjustments to minimize ergonomic risks. Educate employees on proper ergonomic practices and encourage regular breaks and stretching exercises. Consider some great tools like Wellnomics, that make workplace ergonomic health easy. Ashlar is the Thailand representative for Wellnomics so reach out to us for a short discovery call.

Ergonomics: Tip 6 of 10 Safety Tips for Businesses Thailand
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Tip 6. Establish Emergency Preparedness Plans:

Develop comprehensive emergency preparedness plans to respond effectively to workplace emergencies. Identify potential emergency scenarios, establish evacuation procedures, and designate emergency response teams. Conduct regular drills and training exercises to ensure employees are prepared to respond appropriately in an emergency situation. Remember to include realistic Pre-Incident plans that reflect the potential emergencies that your workplace might have. Don’t forget to include drill scenarios for medical emergencies, like cardiac arrest. .

Maintenance: Tip 7 of 10 Safety Tips for Businesses Thailand
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Tip 7. Regularly Inspect and Maintain Equipment:

Routine inspection and maintenance of equipment are essential for preventing malfunctions and accidents. Implement a structured preventative maintenance program to inspect and maintain equipment regularly. Address any issues promptly to minimize downtime and ensure the safety of employees. Don’t neglect to request inspection reports on equipment that your contractors may bring to your workplace. 

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Tip 8. Promote Health and Wellness Initiatives:

Invest in employee health and wellness initiatives to support overall well-being. Offer wellness programs, such as fitness challenges, nutrition workshops, and stress management seminars. Encourage work-life balance and provide resources for mental health support. By promoting Health & Wellness in your organisation, you are contributing workplace UN Sustainability Goal #3. Don’t forget to include programs for good mental health in the workplace.

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Tip 9. Encourage Active Participation in Safety Committees:

Establish safety committees comprised of representatives from management and frontline employees. Empower safety committees to identify hazards, review safety policies and procedures, and make recommendations for improvement. Encourage active participation and recognize contributions to safety initiatives. Keep those meetings positive and really LISTEN to the employees on the Safety Committee. They will be telling you important things. Don’t be afraid to wander from the established “government approved agenda” and try to use these meetings as an opportunity to convey Management commitment to safety.

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Tip 10. Continuously Monitor and Improve Safety Practices:

Maintain a culture of continuous improvement by regularly evaluating safety practices and procedures. Conduct periodic audits and inspections to identify areas for improvement. Engage employees in the process by soliciting feedback and implementing suggestions for enhancing safety in the workplace. We call these audits and inspections “Leading Indicators”. By increasing Leading Indicators, you reduce “Lagging Indicators” (incidents & accidents). 


In conclusion, prioritizing health and safety in the workplace is essential for protecting employees and promoting business success in Thailand. By understanding regulatory requirements, conducting thorough risk assessments, and implementing effective safety measures, businesses can create a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. With a commitment to continuous improvement and open communication, businesses can navigate the health and safety landscape in Thailand with confidence. We hope you have found this article on 10 Safety Tips for Businesses in Thailand, useful to your business operations. If you need to delve a little deeper and need some support from experts in OH&S, get in contact.

Author: Michael J Kelly

Over 30 years of personal and professional life in Thailand and 15+ years working as an Occupational Safety & Health expert. He has worked with multinationals in the Oil & Gas, Construction , Chemicals, Film/TV/Events Safety in Thailand and on projects in the Middle East and Africa. He is a CertIOSH member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and holds a Diploma in International Occupational Safety & Health.