It goes without saying that workplace safety needs to be managed diligently and looked after with care.
When workplace safety is top-of -mind for everyone in the business from the owner, safety manager all the way through to the workers, the risk of onsite injury and death is heavily reduced.
To ensure workplace safety is to ensure that your workers aren’t in danger and can go home to their families and friends at the end of the day.
Here are a few tips on how you can maintain workplace safety.
Pick out your workplace safety risks
The first thing you need to do to make your workplace safer is to pick the risks out. If you don’t know what they are and where they are, you can’t eliminate them.
You can identify workplace safety risks by simple means.
Taking a walk around your workplace and setting your eyes on how plant and other equipment is a great way to start.
You’ll be able to see if they’re being operated properly or if unsafe work practices are being performed.
While you’re walking around, take the time to talk to your workers and encourage them to be open about anything they’re struggling with.
If there are safety risks on your site, a pattern will emerge and the data you’ve gathered through observation and talks with your people will point you in the right direction.
Eliminate or reduce the risks where possible
Once you’ve identified where the risks are, you need to eliminate them.
If eliminating the risk is a costly exercise it will be absolutely worth the money. You don’t ever want to be the one to explain to your workers’ family or friends why they’ve been injured or have passed away.
In the case that it’s impossible to eliminate the risk from your workplace, you need to limit its impact.
You need to mitigate the risk by implementing workplace policies which will keep your workers out of harms way. Alternatively, you need to isolate the risk or switch out the risk with something a little safer.
Implement control measures and review and revise them as needed
If control measures such as policy have not worked for you, you need to re-evaluate them and find out why workplace safety is still a challenge.
Once you’ve identified the problem, revise your control measures and re-implement them in your workplace.
Make sure that your workers follow your new policies by using a reward or punishment system (depending on what you’re comfortable with and what works best for your workplace).
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