Communication is an essential factor in every aspect of your business, especially as it pertains to safety. The best safety plan will not be effective unless every worker knows what it is and understands it. Since employee safety is likely to be your top priority for many reasons, it makes sense to communicate your plans and policies to them. Here are some ideas for doing that:
- Send a newsletter: You can do this in an email or through the regular mail to their home address. You could also save a stamp and include it with their paystub. Whichever you choose, you should probably send it out at least monthly to keep safety fresh in your workers’ minds.
- Hang posters throughout the work areas: Place safety-awareness signs wherever employees tend to gather: at the timeclock, in their break rooms, near the machinery, and outside restrooms. Videos also make a memorable impression.
- Conduct training sessions: Giving your people the proper safety training equips them to deal with potential hazards. It sends them a message that your company makes safety a priority. The sooner safety becomes part of your company’s culture, the better it will be at preventing workplace accidents.
- Hold regular safety meetings: Confine these mandatory meetings to smaller groups and short durations. Be sure to hold them regularly to make sure everyone is on board with the organization’s safety standards.
- Provide them with the best safety equipment: Cheap hardhats and safety glasses send a message that safety isn’t your top priority. You can emphasize safety by buying quality gear that will be comfortable for your people to wear and will give them maximum protection.
- Point out individual acts of safety: Take action photos of your workers in the middle of safe acts and use them as a training tool. Include these pictures in emails and newsletters, or post them on the bulletin board for all to see.
- Include safety in employee reviews: Employees who are working in an unsafe manner should be told about it during their next performance review. Conversely, those workers who are adhering to the safety standards should receive a reward.
- Conduct routine safety inspections: Supervisors should be always on the lookout for unsafe acts and doing regular safety checks. Every employee must be held accountable for following the safety standards, and those who don’t must be warned first and then sent home if the behavior continues.
- Safety comment cards: Encourage your employees to report potential safety hazards by providing them with safety comment cards. You could also make the cards available on the company’s Intranet.
These suggestions should help your company establish a consistent safety message and increase safety awareness in your business. These tips are not hard to follow or implement, and putting them in place will result in you having a safer work environment for all your people.
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