Everyone benefits from a safe and healthy work environment, but compliance is a team effort. To reduce the risk of on-the-job accidents and illnesses, you need the full cooperation of each person on your team. If even one person doesn’t follow the rules, the well-being of the entire team is at stake.
If your workers aren’t taking ownership of their safety, you need to help them realize the importance of stepping up. Use these strategies to get them to take safety seriously.
Educate Your Team on the Risks of the Job
Your employees know it’s possible to become sick or ill on the job, but they probably assume it won’t happen to them. Numbers don’t lie, so let them know 4,386 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2015, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Along with that, 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported to OSHA by private industry employers in 2015.
Drive the point home by sharing stories of incidents in your industry, to make the risk of failing to adhere to safety risks real. This should put things in prospective and help them understand the magnitude of the situation.
Make Proper Training a Top Priority
If employees don’t receive proper training, they can’t do their jobs right. Don’t allow anyone to touch machinery until they’ve completed a formal training program. Along with providing initial training, employees should be forced to take part in periodic refresher sessions. Emphasize the importance of training and give employees plenty of paid time to complete it, so it isn’t considered an inconvenience or an afterthought.
Hold Everyone Accountable for Safety Standards
Many of your employees probably assume only supervisors are accountable for safety; it’s time to change that. Make safety a group initiative to help the team realize this is a joint effort. Promote this mentality by encouraging the team to watch each other’s backs. Set safety goals as a group and celebrate when the team reaches them together.
Encourage Employee Feedback and Ideas
Help workers feel included in safety matters by giving them a voice. Ask them to speak up when they spot safety violations and take their words seriously. No one knows what it’s like to work on the frontline better than your team, so encourage them to submit ideas to improve safety processes and procedures.
Need a little help making your work environment a safe one? StaffMasters offers safety and risk management training to help your team create a culture of safety that reverberates throughout the organization. Contact us today to discuss your needs and set the foundation for the safe workspace your team deserves!