Everyone has heard of it and, we all think it will never happen to us. Someone got injured while working. For a day or two, we are all more cautious than ever. After that, it is back to the routine as we often think of ourselves as invincible. We are all human at the end of the day, and as such, we make mistakes. To minimize and reduce the impact they may have on us and others it’s worth emphasizing workplace safety rules and guidelines. We all want to clock in, do our job and get home safely.
1. Safety culture and rewards
Promoting safety as the first and most prioritized goal is a step in the right direction. As workers aren’t being forced to hurry up or to ignore steps in procedures, but rather pay attention and do everything diligently, the whole mentality of the workplace changes. Yes, it is important to meet deadlines and keep up productivity but not at any cost. Those who can do their jobs within the guidelines and standards should be rewarded as an example that others can strive for. Rewards incentivize behaviour, and with this method, you will also motivate others.
2. Information saves lives
You can never have too much info as you never know who may need it. Doubly so if your workplace is wast and with many different parts. Each of them has its specific regulations and protocols. Visibly shown, professional and up to standards safety signs provide invaluable info to any passing worker or even a guest. While certain workers may be versed and skilled around their station and sector, there are other areas of the facility that may be a total mystery to them.
Training and experience can’t be summed up in one post or sign. But, plenty of info can be relayed thru them. And if even some of them can increase the overall safety and prevent an accident then they were well worth it.
3. Bring in the pros
You are not alone in this endeavour, as there are plenty of safety firms out there to which you can outsource or seek additional training. Certified and professional, staffed with experienced and friendly experts in workplace safety, these can help bring that level of professionalism that you sorely needed. Elevating your workplace security to the next level can be done without breaking a sweat as these companies specialize in preventing, training and improving it. All that remains is to find the right one for you.
4. Don’t ignore Stress
Many factors can be catalogued and under your control except for stress. Stress is usually an outside factor that is hard to determine as each person has their stress meter to say. We all react and deal with stress differently, and some of your workers may be carrying with them more than they can handle. By creating a safe environment where they can share and unload, you are eliminating this dangerous modern factor that is often shrugged, or overlooked.
A stressed-out worker is prone to accidents, as stress diminishes their cognitive thinking and, it is all a cascade from there. By acknowledging it and offering practical solutions, you are opening the doors for your workers to deal with it healthily.
The topic of workplace safety may be daunting and a lot to handle, but by simply starting to make small and incremental changes, you are already doing more than most in this field. Items and equipment can be replaced, but human lives can’t, and in the quest for profit, it is easy to forget about it or ignore what seems like common sense. By putting your worker’s safety first, you are creating a long-lasting bond that will help them see the workplace as their second home.