When we think of safety in the workplace, it is just as important as the air we breathe; if we ignore it, there are serious consequences. Unfortunately, some organizations are unable to follow safety guidelines leading to plenty of workplace accidents today which is alarming. It is the responsibility of upper management to make sure that people are working in a safe environment and that the risk of potential accidents and injuries are minimized. Risk management requires tactical planning, proper safety tools and safety training to make sure employees are not getting hurt. Failure of risk management is not acceptable in the work environment today.
Responsibility to Lead by Example
Talk to your staff and remind them of their responsibility to health and safety. Their actions affect themselves as well as others, and it is good to remind employees of this from time to time. As a business owner, you are responsible for leading good safety habits by example.
Fire Safety and Prevention
When it comes to workplace safety, the most usual and number one concern is fire prevention. This is one of the major reasons why it’s a must for each and every work place to conduct fire safety talks, seminars and drills regularly. For big companies, investing at their own water hydrants, fire trucks and marshals is a common practice. For smaller workplaces (i.e. small business offices), strategic placements of fire extinguishers, equipment and tools is quite enough in terms of fire safety and prevention.
Tidiness in the Workplace
Too many business owners do not keep a tidy workplace. Workers should make sure that the area they are working in is clean and tidy. Depending on what type of work you do, this is difficult at times, but it is important to work in a clean space. By cleaning up continuously during the day, unnecessary accidents can be avoided such as trips, slips and falls. These type of accidents account for over 30 percent of accidents in the workplace.
If a certain workplace or company doesn’t have enough time or manpower to maintain cleanliness, they can always hire a commercial cleaning company that can do a once a month general cleaning. This is a much ideal way for workplaces that are busy and occupied 24-7. This mean’s there’s no any excuse or reason not to clean the said space.
To keep your business safe, remind your staff how important being safe in the workplace is to themselves and their employees. Most business owners fail to do this. There is plenty of training available online as well as trainers who can come to your offices to teach workplace safety. Online safety training is cost and time effective. Safety training will demonstrate that you are complying with the safety laws and that you encourage working in a safer environment.
All accidents and injuries need to be reported as well as accidents that nearly happen. Knowing what is happening can help you prevent it from happening again. One way to encourage better reporting is by focusing on accident and injury reports for one complete month and checking the results with all employees.
Include Entire Staff with Communications
Like any other type of activity that includes management, not including your staff can make them feel left out and unengaged. Include the entire staff with your efforts to improve health and safety in the workplace and ask for their input. When they are allowed to give input, they feel that what they have to say counts and that decisions made will include them. This will help all employees want to improve and follow safety guidelines.
Written by Anne Maynard
Anne has recently returned to the workforce after being a stay home mum for three years. While she was not working, she completed an OHS Cert IV from HBA Learning Centre Sydney which helped her to land a job in the HR department of a national mining company.