The best Safety and Health Management Systems involve every level of the organization, instilling a safety culture that reduces accidents for workers and improves the bottom line for managers. When safety and health are part of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins.
Demonstrate Company’s Commitment to Workplace SafetyThe best way to start spreading awareness about the importance of workplace safety is to make it a company-wide value. This step mostly concerns management, at first, as they must reflect these values in word and action. This doesn't just mean verbally encouraging employees to follow proper safety procedures but also conducting a thorough investigation of each and every workplace accident.
Assess Workplace Risks and HazardsNext, you need to get a proper assessment of everyday hazards specific to your workplace. In addition to receiving a professional assessment, management should also release a company-wide survey to give employees the opportunity to express risk concerns anonymously. It’s important to get employees’ opinions as well. Since the employees work in these conditions every day, they can often give insight about risks that aren’t obvious to the untrained eye. During both professional and employee assessments, make sure to create a distinction between workplace hazards (building design/layout), activity hazards (machinery-related), and environmental hazards (air quality/health risks).
Create a Written Protocol for EmployeesOnce you’ve accurately assessed all workplace hazards, you can start creating the guidelines for your safety program. To create a safety culture that exhibits accountability, employee job descriptions must be clear and in writing and must state specifically the issues and requirements regarding safety and health responsibilities. Having these requirements in writing is critical because it greatly reduces opportunities for ambivalence and misinterpretation.
Emphasize Employee EducationAfter you’ve created your business’s workplace safety guidelines, it’s time to get employees on board. Employee training is always done when the employee is first hired, but a good rule of thumb is to train employees on any new changes in procedure -- after an employee transfer, upon receiving new equipment, and upon noticing new hazards. A sporadic refresher can also help employees stay up-to-date on the latest procedures.
Implement and EvaluateThis was touched on briefly earlier, but it’s critical to make sure to investigate all workplace accidents, no matter how minor they may be. More often than not, these incidents are entirely preventable, and it’s important to determine the cause in order to come to a safer solution in the future. As unfortunate as these accidents are, they provide a chance to make working conditions safer for employees in the future. You should also continue to make employee feedback a priority, even if it is anonymous. Workplace duties are always evolving, and new safety risks can present themselves faster than most employers realize.
- Why Should you have an Effective? 02:00:00
- What does this mean to You? 00:30:00
- Employee Involvement 00:20:00
- Worksite Hazard Analysis 01:00:00
- Prevention and Control Measures 01:00:00
- Training 00:40:00
- Documentation 00:40:00
- Communication 00:20:00
- Emergency Preparedness 01:00:00
- Developing an Effective Safety and Health Program 00:45:00
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