Building a positive work culture is only useful if it can be complemented with a mandatory emphasis on safe workplaces. The combination of these two factors is likely to yield a substantial reduction in the injury rates among staff. With accidents also taking a considerable toll on productivity, building a safe workplace is essential for realising a more productive business.
So how can officers of an organisation ensure worker safety is a priority across their business? Here are three steps to consider:
1) Understand existing safety challenges
One of the first steps for companies is understanding and appreciating the existing safety mindset within the organisation. Every industry and business has a unique set of health and safety challenges and risks, therefore successfully auditing and documenting these will often uncover and identify potential hazards.
A key element of a successful audit will involve ranking the dangers employees face. A common technique is to rank each hazard based on the likelihood of it occurring and also the degree of danger involved. High-risk, high-frequency accidents should be a priority for managers, while low-risk, low-frequency incidents will not be as urgent.
After an audit, begin by addressing these high-priority incidents, as they pose the greatest risk to staff. Then, move into areas where the chance of injury to staff is much smaller.
2) The right induction tools
Effective occupational health and safety induction and education is a critical phase in injury prevention. Taking a proactive rather than a reactive approach when it comes to preventing injuries in the workplace is an essential step for management. Legislation in this area is constantly evolving, so companies need access to systems or resources to help manage and monitor changes and updates so that staff deliver accurate information that meets compliance.
Organisations will also need to ensure that their induction process is specifically tailored to the job and position that an individual is applying for. Simply providing a generic induction is unlikely to give workers the level of knowledge they need to prevent injury. Having induction content that is also industry- and job-specific will also help to prevent further injuries.
3) Review obstacles regularly
Managers will also need to regularly review and update their health and safety procedures if they want staff to remain safe. Constantly measuring the incidents of workplace injuries, and adjusting your induction and training processes to reflect changes in your business, will be essential for organisations looking to keep workers safe in the long run. Health and safety reminders and refresher courses can also help to ensure staff are kept safe while they are at work.