How To Promote A Safe Work Environment – Part 2
Hello, and welcome back to our blog! If you keep up with our blog, you’ve probably read our piece about how to promote a safe work environment. If not, that’s okay! You can read it here. We talked about five steps to promoting a safer work environment: commitment, getting involved, not limiting yourself, and proper safety training. In this blog, we’re going to talk about five more ways you can keep your office or worksite safe, and your employees informed about safety protocol and hazards. Although it’s not always easy to keep a workspace safe, it can be made easier if you foster a culture that promotes safe behavior rather than putting it on the backburner constantly.
Have a plan
Whether your goal is to change your company’s culture to make it more safety positive or implement a training program, you’ll need to have a plan. A great place to start is to form a committee that will oversee safety training and regulations. This way you won’t be alone in trying to figure out the best way to get your employees the training they need, and you’ll have people throughout the company who are committed to seeing your plan come to fruition.
Communication is key
If you want your employees to understand your safety protocol, you need to have clear and direct communication. Don’t just hand an employee a stack of papers and expect them to sort through it and fully understand what you want from them. It’s a good idea to communicate with them one-on-one; however, if that’s not possible, use your committee to lay out a plan and make sure each department of your company has the optimal resources for safety training.
There’s nothing more encouraging for an employee than to have a manager who makes themselves available to answer their questions or encourage them. Simple things like introducing yourself to them or asking how their day is going will increase trust, and when there’s more trust, people will be more open about potential safety issues they run into on a daily basis.
It takes time to implement a safety program that works for you and your company. If you have a small company, it’s a great time to start taking advantage of all the resources available to you. If you own a larger company, it may take more time to get your safety program into full swing. Don’t get discouraged, and stay positive! This energy will rub off on employees and your company will be stronger as a result.
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