Workplace Safety may be such an old hat in your industry that you rarely give it much thought, other than making sure that your HR department knows that safety discussions are a box they need to check off during the hiring process. Since we know that increasing worker safety directly impacts your profitability, Workplace Safety Screenings wants to help your safety initiatives go from reactive to proactive to boost your bottom line.
If workplace safety is a job you have assigned to a human resources manager (and that is definitely a good thing to do), we want to make sure you're aware of other times workplace safety should be addressed.
The Hiring Process
Giving new hires a list of your safety protocols and procedures is a necessary step, but if you don’t go beyond that you are only doing the bare minimum and it won't do much to help improve your profits. The hiring process is the perfect time to set the safety tone so that all new employees know that safety is a top priority at your organization and that a lapse in safety standards will not lead to the kind of success they hope to achieve.
Every mistake or injury becomes a teachable moment. Perhaps an employee started compromising on procedure or an injury resulted from a situation that could never have been imagined. Either way, re-emphasizing your policy, best practices and how to prepare for and respond quickly when an accident occurs can minimize the risks. Every failure can be used to catapult to higher success rates.
New Standards are Set
The good news is, safety standards are always evolving. With more and more studies and safety tools available, better safety is always being offered. Making the current standards the only standard can keep employees from being locked into procedures that are outdated. When you make “new standards training” a part of the culture, it is understood that ‘this is how we do it until we have a better way to do it.’
Regular Training Intervals
When employees perform repetitive tasks day after day, it can be comfortable to be too comfortable. Regular training to remind employees of the why will jog their memory as to the importance of the procedure and how to protect everyone. Little things turn into accidents, injuries and death via senseless and avoidable mistakes. Sure, you may be telling an employee something they already know and have heard many times before, but they will benefit from a refresher course.
If these “WHEN” aspects of worker safety makes you rethink whether your safety program is robust enough to keep up with innovations in safety standards, contact Workplace Safety Screenings to get started on giving your safety programs a boost. Stay tuned for parts two and three of this blog series for more relevant information regarding safety.