Stop and think for a moment about how often – and in what ways – you convey the importance of workplace safety to your employees.
Once you have a clearer picture of your major workplace safety “hot spots,” you are ready to engage with your employees to enlist their support in creating a company culture where safety is always top of mind.
HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED
- TRAIN EMPLOYEES WELL.
Comprehensive training is a must for preventing workplace injury. Make sure that all of your employees have access to – and complete – all safety training for their positions.
- REWARD EMPLOYEES FOR SAFE BEHAVIOR.
Rewards are an easy way to encourage workplace safety. Giving out small rewards to employees who follow safety policies keeps them engaged, which can make a big difference in reducing workplace injuries.
- PARTNER WITH OCCUPATIONAL CLINICIANS.
Occupational medicine clinicians can provide valuable insight into workplace injury and prevention. These clinicians can help you prevent work injuries by visiting your work site and identifying areas where there’s a high risk for employee injury.
- USE LABELS AND SIGNS.
Labels and signs are a cheap and effective way to quickly communicate important information. They’re usually simple and rely on pictures to detail hazards and proper procedures. These tools are good reminders and warnings for even the most experienced worker.
- KEEP THINGS CLEAN.
A messy workplace can lead to unnecessary accidents. Make sure boxes are stacked safely and spills are cleaned up quickly. Conduct regular inspections to check for potential dangers such as tangled cords, messy floors, and disorganized tools.
- MAKE SURE EMPLOYEES HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS AND HAVE REGULAR EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS.
The right tools and equipment create a better product and a safer work environment. It’s also important that all equipment is cleaned, serviced, and inspected regularly. Machine malfunctions are one of the most dangerous workplace hazards.
- ENCOURAGE STRETCH BREAKS.
Stretch breaks are an easy way to improve workplace ergonomics and employee health. Taking even five minutes to stretch can ease muscle tension and loosen joints, reducing the potential for repetitive motion injuries. Active movements have been shown to be more effective than passive stretching alone.
- IMPLEMENT SAFETY PROTOCOLS FROM THE START.
Workplace safety starts from day one, which means hiring qualified people who pay attention to detail. A safe workplace starts with employees who follow safety requirements and perform their jobs per the established procedures.
- KEEP AN OPEN DIALOGUE.
Make it easy for your employees to come to you with health and safety concerns. They can report hazards right away and identify potential areas of concern you may not have noticed. Appoint or nominate a safety captain who is empowered to communicate concerns identified by employees to leadership on a consistent basis.
- HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS ON WORKPLACE SAFETY.
It never hurts to be over-prepared. Regular meetings to review safety rules and discuss prevention keep workplace safety top of mind so that when something does happen, everyone knows what to do right away