Five fundamentals that are essential to ensure safety in the workplace.
Safety should be at the forefront of the mind of any business. A business that isn’t safe is one that isn’t productive, profitable, trustworthy or, ultimately, viable.
Almost $1 billion a week is paid out in compensation to employees every week in the US so it’s clear that many firms could do with taking this a great deal more seriously. Of course safety, at its heart, is about people and protecting the people that are at the heart of your operation.
Here are five fundamentals that are essential to ensure their safety in the workplace…
It’s unlikely that your business operation will be safe without clear channels of communication. All employees should know who to report hazards and safety concerns to and should take the responsibility to do just that in a healthy, professional working environment. A communication policy should involve listening to employees as well as circulating important information to everyone and that’s especially important when it comes to safety issues. Review and improve your policy today to avoid problems tomorrow.
Businesses should do all they can to make sure the equipment they use is in good working order and efficient. Poorly performing equipment will eat away at productivity and could be dangerous. Organisations must also identify and utilise the right specialist equipment for complex operations. Whether that be Safway Services scaffolding, Airblast Eurospray spray booths or Industrial Polymers protective headgear, a business should seek out trusted suppliers of quality equipment to stay safe.
Alongside that comes training – it’s no good having the best equipment and not knowing how to use it, after all. Businesses must pinpoint and carry out training sessions for all employees to make sure they are fully briefed on how to carry out the tasks they are required to do. Refresher sessions are necessary too and an up-to-date training register is essential, especially for firms engaged in heavy industrial work.
Keep a close eye on the number of hours your employees work. Try to ensure people take an adequate amount of breaks and use their holiday time effectively. A burned-out and over-worked employee could be putting themselves at risk and would certainly not be performing to their very best. The HR department needs to log extra hours worked and try to ensure staff aren’t too stretched. Workload issues are often a good sign that a business really needs to expand and take on more people, too.
The overarching thing that all businesses need is a good safety policy. This gets to the heart of all of the points above and should be a document that keeps track of the training, equipment, working practices and communication strategy.
All hazards should be outlined in this policy alongside an explanation of how to avoid them and all employees should have easy access to this. A firm that thinks its policy is perfect is one that is complacent and at risk. All companies should review their strategy regularly to ensure new processes are covered and that they are complying with the latest legislation.
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