Danger is everywhere, and the chance of someone getting injured is increased dramatically when safety rules are absent, ignored or overlooked. Whether or not you are in the material handling industry, your likelihood of accidents can be controlled and minimized by improving your workplace’s safety. Here are 7 powerful tips that will cultivate a safer workplace no matter what industry you are in:
1. Enforce Safety Rules by Involving all Team Members
When it comes to safety rule enforcement, you need the cooperation of every staff member. According to NonProfitRisk.org, this means encouraging members to promptly report any unsafe or hazardous condition to the supervisor, a member in the safety committee and other team members who may be at immediate risk. Doing so builds up a strong network of accountability, while motivating everyone to be a safety champion.
2. Explain Safe Job Procedures & Consequences
Oftentimes, safety job procedures are skipped because of the lack of communication. To make safety rules effective, it’s your job to ensure that employees of all positions understand the importance of adhering to safety measures. As Oregon OHSA finds, “The number one reason employees do not follow rules in general is that they don’t know why doing so is important. Employees will be much more likely to follow safety rules if they know what the natural and system consequences are.”
3. Demonstrate Management Commitment
Those in leadership play a critical role in communicating and enforcing safety rules. In a workplace, it’s natural for team members to look to their team leaders, managers and supervisors for advice and feedback. As a result, encouraging your leaders to consistently observe, improve and enforce safety policy will ultimately inspire your employees to value safety and pursue the same vision.
4. Regular Training for all Leadership Levels
To demonstrate the workplace’s commitment to safety, it’s critical to have regular safety and health meetings that involve employees, managers, and supervisors. Set aside special trainings for different levels of leadership to help those in management position to better integrate safety policy in daily business practices.
5. Prepare Your Employees for Emergency
According to OSHA, involving employees “in safety and health-related activities (e.g., self-inspections, accident investigations, and developing safe practices)” will help cultivate a “safety-first attitude.” Give employees the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the hazard prevention and control rules by conducting evacuation training, fire drills and other emergency-related mock trials.
6. Perform Frequent Workplace Safety Analysis
At work, both things and people get moved around. As a result of a changing workplace, the safety equipment you have in place may become insufficient. As SmallBusiness.Chron states, while holding people accountable and knowing the safety procedure may be important, a workplace needs to have a comprehensive safety plan to actively prevent and respond to hazardous situations.
7. Seek Opportunities to Improve All the Time
Complacency is the adversary of safety. When it comes to safety, “good enough” is never enough. If you want to maintain a safe workplace, you need to be on the constant lookout for shortcomings, improvement and safety training opportunities.
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