Your workers spend a significant portion of their lives at work, so as an employer you want them to take workplace safety seriously. But between job stresses and the everyday rush to get the job done, safety culture might not be at the top of everyone’s list of priorities. Here are a few things you can do as a manager to make sure your employees are safe on the job.
One of the most important things in creating a safer workplace culture is accountability. If accidents happen but are overlooked, underreported, or worse ignored completely, the company is on track for tragedy before anyone knows there is even a problem. By reviewing accidents with management and with employees after they occur helps everyone better understand the situation, the risk that led to the accident, and what could have been done to avoid such risks in the future. While such reviews might seem like a large investment, the reduction in on-site accidents and incidents will result in greater return on investment than avoiding the issue ever could.
Another investment that can lead to a safer overall workplace is random drug screenings for current employees. Workers who show up for their shifts drunk or otherwise under the influence expose the job site as a whole to greater safety risks than should be allowed. By implementing a random drug testing program where employees don’t know when they will need to be tested can encourage staff to stay sober or risk losing their jobs.
Wellness is a combination of strong health, good exercise, eating and sleeping well, and general work-life-balance. By encouraging and supporting employees to be healthy, whether by being conscious of external factors, limiting overtime, providing health and wellness benefits, etc., employees will be more balanced in their lives and more able to stay safe on the job.
Allow employees to make changes as needed for them to be more efficient and safer on the job. Ask for feedback about safety, about the work environment, about the culture. Remember that these employees do the work they do every day, they know what changes will result in a safer, more positive environment.
Safety should be everyone’s responsibility, not just managers or supervisors. By developing a workplace with a strong safety culture built from the ground up, your team members will be more supportive of the safety and wellness programs you implement and will even self-enforce to a point. To build a safety culture, you need to ensure that everyone knows the risks, the proper procedures, and the benefits to better workplace safety. Open communication will help to get everyone on board, and at the same time show your commitment to their safety and wellbeing.
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