Article by Lindsay Cleghorn
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. When it comes to safety you can never be too careful. Safety tactics should always be evolving to meet the new codes and compliances as well as enhance your safety standards. Check out these tips and reminders to help you keep your codes up to speed:
Identify Hazards in the Workplace
Make an effort to identify what’s broken. Research safety standards and do regular walkthroughs of your facility, and talk with your employees to see what they view as an issue or what they think needs fixed.
Create a Safety Checklist
Create a safety checklist and make it available to EVERYONE. Don’t forget to refer to it, refine it, and repost it.
Solicit Employee feedback
It comes as no surprise that workers on the front line will have more insight as to what needs to be done to improve work safety programs. All they need is an opportunity to say what they need without fear of judgement or repercussions from people of authority.
Update your Signage
Do safety posters and warning signs work? Yes… if they’re current and relevant. Does this mean it’s time to trash the faded, coffee-stained posters that have been hanging by one thumbtack in the break room since Nixon was in office? Yes, yes it does.
Hold Monthly Inspections
When it comes to inspections, positive reinforcement is typically the best way to go when it comes to giving feedback to employees. Inspections should involve praise and rewards for everything being done right, with limited punishment for mistakes.
Implement New Hire Orientations
Your new employees need more than just a handbook that contains the general outline of safety procedures. Explain incentives that are offered and offer real-life examples of how attention to safety has made a difference for the company and to the employees that work there.
Educate your Employees
Whether it’s printed newsletters, e-blasts, break room flyers, texts or monthly meetings, keep safety in the forefront of every employee’s mind and keep them informed of any safety changes that may affect their safety procedures.
Constantly Refine your Standards
Your mantra for your safety standards should sounds something like this: Refer to it, Refine it, and Repost it! Your safety program should always be evolving. Establish procedures and check-ins and “recreate” your culture as needed.
Research and Invest in a Safety Shoe Program
Having a corporate shoe plan in place translates to reduced accidents, compensation costs, insurance premiums, and increased productivity – all which mean an increased profit margin for the company.
As you can see, taking steps in the right direction for a seamless safety program is a lot simpler than one may initially think. To learn more about what SR Max can do for you, or to check out our slip resistant shoes, visit us online at srmax.com.