A Dozen Strategic Ways to Improve Workplace Safety
A Dozen Strategic Ways to Improve Workplace Safety
Accidents can occur at any place and time, so operating in denial is a risky strategy. However, ensuring a safe work environment decreases employees’ injury and fatality odds while boosting productivity and reducing insurance premiums and workers’ compensation claims. It also raises your chances of attracting and retaining top long-term staffers. To upgrade your workplace safety record, try these 12 tips.
1. Follow All Laws
You cannot devise a beneficial safety program without understanding your company’s legal requirements and which measures your policy must provide to protect your workers. That entails being familiar with and implementing general federal and state safety standards plus any guidelines that your industry imposes.
2. Offer Safety Training
National PEO can hold various safety training sessions at your premises or our training center in Scottsdale, Ariz. OSHA Outreach training courses include general industry or construction safety preparation, how to minimize workplace hazards, OSHA compliance guidance, and other staff safety courses.
3. Correct Current Dangers
Be observant to note existing safety infractions. Have crewmembers become lax about wearing protective eyewear and headgear? Do employees encountering intense sunlight exposure know the best ways to avoid and treat sunstroke? Are workers careless about ensuring that heavy machinery is functioning properly before using it? Address any such risks quickly. Besides increasing safety awareness, correcting violations may uncover additional problems.
4. Create Action Plans
Develop emergency action plans for various scenarios involving accidents, natural disasters, and violence. Have your company’s legal counsel approve your safety policy before including it in your employee manual. Then make sure that staffers read your instructions about reacting to such crises. To ensure that all personnel remember how to implement your action plans for specific on-site emergencies, hold drills at least twice a year.
5. Assign Team Leaders
Forming workplace security squads by departments or facility areas can benefit everyone. Designate observant safety leaders to serve as team captains. Employees who know what steps to take but are unconscious after accidents cannot help themselves. Therefore, whenever similar emergencies arise, group leaders can assume extra responsibilities by coordinating action plans.
6. Mandate Breaks
Well-rested team players offer heightened alertness and productivity. They will accomplish more in less time with greater chances of meeting all applicable safety standards. Even if laws do not require regular breaks, your company can mandate them. Giving crewmember short, systematic opportunities to recover from manual and/or mental overwork strains will help them resume tasks refreshed.
7. Conduct Random Drug and Alcohol Tests
Government regulations for your industry may require your firm to conduct ongoing drug and alcohol testing. If not, setting up your own program is important. Options include testing every new hire before employment begins and implementing random testing for all personnel. Testing after each accident will determine if a high or drunk staffer caused that on-the-job injury.
Employees need a way to report their safety concerns anonymously. So provide forms with a locked drop box in an inconspicuous area. Your safety officer should check it routinely.
9. Maintain Zero Tolerance
Launch a zero-tolerance policy for safety violations and workplace violence to create a company culture that emphasizes staff protection. Handle all reports of unsafe environmental conditions and employee harassments that threaten others’ safety promptly.
10. Publicize Your Program
Whether your facility is one or multiple factories or construction sites, your safety system will not be effective unless everyone realizes it exists. Include safety program details in all new hires’ orientation materials. Displaying your policy prominently will emphasize employee safety as a key goal.
11. Schedule Regular Safety Activities
Hold an annual safety week that promotes this workplace concept’s significance. A kick-off breakfast meeting could feature your organization’s safety officer, team captains, employees, and external experts sharing safety experiences and tips. Spread enjoyable, inspirational, and educational activities out over the week. Review your firm’s safety policy in detail. Maybe hold trivia contests with safety-themed questions during company lunches. Consider furnishing stress-relieving chair massages during break times so your crew can focus on work better afterward.
12. Offer Compliance Incentives
Focusing just on how many accidents transpire makes jobholders afraid to report issues, increasing your work environment’s hazards. Instead, persuade personnel to be safe by extending incentives to those who make extra efforts to follow proper procedures. Task supervisors with identifying individuals who demonstrate safety practices consistently. Motivators might include monetary rewards, paid time off, and Super Safety Staff award presentations.