As a caring employer, you firmly believe there’s nothing more important than the health and safety of your workers. Whether your team has experienced a few recent safety events or you’re just trying hard to prevent issues from happening, you’re searching for effective ways to encourage workplace safety.
Ready to get started. Here’s a few tips to make your company safer than ever.
Five Ways to Encourage Safety in Your Workplace
Make Training a Priority
Your company is a busy place, so despite your good intentions, it’s possible every employee hasn’t been thoroughly trained on all aspects of their job. It’s time to change that, because accidents happen when people don’t have the skills needed to perform their job duties.
Provide Proper PPE
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires employers to provide workers with personal protective equipment when it is necessary to protect them from job-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. As an employer, you’re also required to train workers required who use PPE to know when it is necessary, what kind is necessary and how to properly use and care for it.
If you think this is a formality, it’s not. Educate workers about the PPE needed to do their jobs and provide it for them because it’s both mandated — required by OSHA in most cases — and the right thing to do.
Hold Regular Safety Stand-Downs
If you’re not familiar with Safety Stand-Downs, these are events where employers discuss relevant safety matters with workers. Dedicating a few minutes to this on a regular basis — i.e., first thing Monday mornings or before kicking off a new project — is a great way to keep your team educated and informed. Be sure to leave time for workers to ask questions, to maximize learning.
Lead by Example
You’re the boss, so all eyes are on you. If you break safety rules, workers will assume they can do the same. Therefore, it’s important to always take the safe route — even if you don’t think anyone will notice. Your influence matters more than you might realize, so always set a good example.
Share Safety Stats
Numbers don’t lie, so help your team realize the importance of following all safety protocols by sharing accident and injury data from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, 5,333 workers died on the job in 2019 — an average of more than 15 deaths per day — according to OSHA.
Hire the Right People
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