Workplace safety is perhaps the single most important aspect of any industry across the globe. There are many career fields that are more dangerous than others, but every place of work, no matter the risk of injury, should take all the necessary steps to ensure workplace safety.
Workplace safety programs are great ways to help your place of business improve the way employees are protected, cared for, and treated in relation to safety. Although the obvious benefits of keeping your employees safe speak for themselves, implementing quality workplace safety programs can also provide a significant boost in overall company morale.
When workers are properly cared for, a host of benefits will start to appear. For one, workers will be at a lower risk for injury on the job. Not only that, but the knowledge that employees are operating in a safe environment can boost productivity as well. Proper safety training and equipment allows them to focus on the tasks of the day, and not just on avoiding injury. And what’s more, fewer injuries means fewer workers’ comp claims and less paperwork overall for you and the HR department. So not only are your employees spending more time on important tasks, you are too.
Let’s take a closer look at the most important aspects of crafting and implementing a successful workplace safety program for your business:
Address Job Specifics
Every job is different, so it’s important that your training programs accurately reflect the jobs of each of your employees. Make sure to identify the job specific threats that are jeopardizing your employees and could result in serious injury. This part of the process in the workplace safety program is called the job hazard analysis, which is the number one method of determining any safety gaps or threats that can impact your employees.
Develop Workplace Training Materials
Regardless of what type of training you’re administering during workplace safety programs, the training should apply to various job-specific circumstances that your employees will face during their time working for your company. Be sure to have credible instructors providing these training materials, as well. For general safety guidelines that you or another upper manager might be skilled in, you can deliver the training in-house. But for more complicated safety training materials, a specific instructor should be called upon to deliver a step-by-step safety demonstration.
Conduct Safety Evaluations
Though it’s your job to organize and administer a quality workplace safety program to your employees, it’s also your responsibility to (honestly) evaluate how effective the training was. In the immediate days, weeks, and months following the completion of the training, ask each individual employee for feedback. Set up group meetings to discuss the results in addition to sending out company-wide surveys. Hopefully you’ll find both positive feedback and will reach your goal of zero incidents.
Keep in mind, however, that you shouldn’t just administer one training program and never revisit it. As your company changes and more and more employees come onboard, be sure to return to the safety training methods you previously used and bring every new hire up to speed.
To have a zero incident workplace, you and every member of your team have to buy into the safety culture. Good luck and stay safe.
Trey Trimble is the CTO of Transportation Safety Apparel. TSA is a family business that I have been involved with since the beginning in 2001. I am well versed about both the transportation safety industry and the technology industry. I’ve done all kinds of different jobs with TSA, from customer service and marketing to Magento Software Development. My professional education is Computer Engineering from Clemson University, go Tigers!