Workplace safety measures to consider
Workplace safety is an essential factor to consider when managing a business, especially if you have just started. Anything can happen, and to help you prevent harmful incidents, researching hazards and putting safety measures into effect ASAP can protect your company and its employees.
This is even more true in the reopening of business amidst the COVID19 pandemic. Safety measures extend to the appropriate, now mandatory hygiene protocols that could be the difference between life and death.
Workplaces must have proper sanitisation facilities, as well as enforce mask-wearing and social distancing at all times. This is important in the fight against coronavirus.
Should your business ignore safety hazards, it can result in expensive fines, raising the compensation of your workers and ruining your company’s reputation. Here are some proven ways to look after your employees and your growing business.
Perform a job hazard examination
Minor or significant operations have ‘on-the-job’ risks. According to ISHN, the first step to implementing a workplace safety programme is by doing a risk analysis.
The investigation isn’t just about having a document present. It is a necessary process. Document all of the potential risks associated with tasks performed by your employees. By doing this, you can plan ways to reduce each risk to your team.
Create a list of every job or duty done in your business. A job hazard analysis should focus on the worker’s relationship, tasks, tools, and work environment. It should consist of a potential hazards list and training for your employees to manage the hazards.
The list needs to ensure the safest possible working environment based on the necessary training.
Also, you should have an emergency protocol in place in case something goes wrong.
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Repeat the practice of safe habits
Safety drills and presentations can be tedious, but it encourages the habit of making sure all protocol is in place before embarking on work tasks. Run your employees through simulated scenarios, such as a spill, trip hazard, gas leak and other risky situations. By doing this, you can improve their reactions to the potential problems. A knowledgeable employee is a safe employee.
You can’t pre-plan all safety training. If a supervisor sees unsafe behaviour or an accident, they can respond by teaching the staff member the correct way to act. Repeated safety training protects your workers, informs them, and saves you money in the long run.
Encourage rules of reporting.
Implement the following motto to your staff: “If you see something, say something.” It will enforce workplace safety, especially for workers who come from a toxic work environment. They may believe that if they report something terrible, it will result in them getting into trouble. Instead, it can do the exact opposite if they promptly report hazards or potential hazards to management.
An example of reporting a potential hazard is if an employee shows up to work intoxicated. Your employee should know who to report their concern to and how to do so professionally.
Ensure that your workers know that whatever they report will be kept confidential, and no retaliation will be imposed upon them. Trust company management is very important in a workplace, especially where safety is concerned. Your team must feel comfortable coming to you with potential issues or emergencies.
Take the lead
If your business requires venturing into hazardous areas, make sure that everyone is wearing the proper gear and using the right equipment.
A manager sets an example for their team, which is why leading by example is so important. Your employees will feel safe. If you ignore safety requirements, then so will your team.
Reward safety awareness
Gifts for outstanding workplace safety can motivate your employees to be more vigilant and dedicated to be safe at all times – and to keep their colleagues safe too.
Encourage your staff to aim for a zero-incident workplace. If they maintain a stellar environment over a certain period of time, reward them for the hard work. The gift can be simple, such as a team lunch or gift card. It doesn’t have to be given frequently, but the occasional reward is inspiring.
Having a reward system can become tricky. Employees may gun too hard for the reward and report false injuries or incidents. Be mindful of this happening.
If an employee does not take their regular breaks, it can lead him or her to feel tired and not fully focused on their surroundings.
Keep your employees energised and well-rested, especially in a labour-intensive work environment. Skipping breaks only increases breaks temporarily. A single incident related to exhaustion or inattention may be a more considerable loss for your company or result in a loss of life.
Make time for safety.
The above tips can put your company on the right path to sustainable growth. Creating a safety programme will avoid any incidents that may hurt your company and maintain a proactive approach to protecting your staff.