Due to the nature of your industry, working at your company isn’t without risks. However, you’re committed to doing everything in your power to make your workplace as safe as possible.
In 2020, private industry employers reported 2.7 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether your company was one of them and you want to do better or you’ve avoided being a statistic so far and want to stay that way, you’re ready to put some much-needed safety initiatives into action.
Here’s a look at four steps you can take to make your job site safer than ever.
Hold Regular Safety Meetings
Safety meetings shouldn’t be something that management holds periodically behind closed doors. Instead, they need to held on a regular basis, with mandatory attendance required for your entire team.
This is important because these are the people actually on the frontline working. Therefore they can offer suggestions and insights you cannot. Additionally, engaging them in regular safety conversations shows them this is something you take seriously, which will encourage them to do the same.
Perform Frequent Site Inspections
Most — if not all — safety incidents at your company are preventable. The only caveat is you have to catch them before someone gets hurt.
Therefore, it’s important to perform regular safety audits to ensure machines are working properly, employees are doing their jobs correctly and the job site is free of any other safety hazards. Prevention is the key to keeping your team safe, so get ahead of any potential issues before they become a problem.
Promptly Correct Issues
No matter how careful you are, safety issues arise at every company. When you uncover problems, it’s important to fix them as quickly as possible.
Every moment they’re left untouched puts your team at risk for injury. Correcting them promptly shows your team you care about them and take safety seriously. This will make them feel valued and encourage them to place the same value on safety issues.
Create a Culture of Safety
Holding regular safety meetings and trainings is important, but that’s only part of creating a safe job site. To truly do everything possible to keep your team safe, you need to embed safety in your company culture.
This means encouraging people to speak up when they feel something isn’t right, listening to their suggestions for improvement, and never looking the other way on safety hazards. When everyone understands the importance of safety, it becomes a top priority.
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