At Emergent Safety, we recognize that improving workplace safety is not a one-time event. Safety at your workplace is a journey of continuous improvement. We perform site audits frequently at the request of our clients to continually assess safety and identify potential hazards. Additionally, all of our safety specialists undergo continuous training so that we can provide up-to-date information and protocols. Here are a couple of internal tasks you can do to assess and improve your company’s safety journey.
- Start by assessing the present safety situation at your workplace. Figure out, first, where you are as a company and where you need to be. Set some long-term safety goals to aim towards. This is a great opportunity to engage your employees to identify goals and work together as a cohesive team.
- To that end, recognize the concerns of your employees. Most often, they are the ones performing the job on a daily basis and know the hazards associated with their work. Make it easy for employees to share suggestions and concerns for improving safety, and work towards implementing improvements to problems workers have noticed.
- From there, figure out the steps, however small, you can begin to implement towards this goal. You’ll need to recognize that your company may not reach all of your safety goals immediately. Strive to make progress towards improved safety, even if you can’t do everything at once.
- Finally, decide how you can measure the successes and failures of your safety measures as you make changes. Always be on the lookout for ways to improve your workplace safety. Most companies do not need to go back to the basics. They need to continue to build on the foundation of safety policies they’ve already laid.
When implementing changes to safety policies in the workplace, it’s important to bring your employees in on the improvement process. Your workers will be the ones carrying out these changes in their day-to-day jobs. Simply imposing new ideas on them without getting their input on how to best implement these changes and make them a success may damage the employee/employer relationship, and alienate those who need to be on board with these changes.
To build a safe working environment, the message of safety from management needs to be backed up with actions that positively affect the workers involved. Employees need to trust management to care about their safety even when, for example, trying to meet a tight deadline or higher production demands. Employees are more likely to buy into and implement safety improvement policies when they feel management truly cares about their safety.