Whether you run a warehouse or an office, workplace safety should be a top concern for all employers. Your employees rely on you to ensure they are safe from dangers big and small every day while they’re working for you. Creating a culture of workplace safety is essential and starts with management. Here are several easy steps to help you improve your workplace safety.
Implement Safety Training
Safety training is not a one-and-done prospect. You need to bring every employee on board with a safety orientation and continually train your workers on the most up to date safety protocol. You can do this regularly by scheduling safety training programs throughout the year.
Reward Safe Behavior
Often, companies only focus on the reaction to a problem that happens in the workplace. They tend to forget that positive reinforcement goes a long way to demonstrating a commitment to safety. If you see an employee handle something in a safe fashion or preventing a larger problem, reward their behavior.
Every step of safety in the workplace needs to be communicated effectively and efficiently. That also means you need to be available to listen to your employees when they bring up concerns as well. Making communication a priority is as critical as safety training and policies.
Provide Safety Gear
To keep your team safe, always provide the best possible safety gear for the job they’re performing. For your warehouse employees, provide back braces or work boots or reimburse your team for their purchase. Provide safety glasses and hearing protection as necessary. It’s also important that you take safety into account in the office by providing ergonomic chairs and computer desk setups.
Remember, safety is something that always needs to be refreshed and improved. When you have a new policy to implement, you can refresh the information and communicate it with the team. It’s also a good idea to look at your safety protocol and make changes proactively to help you stay as safe as possible in the workplace.
Do you want to make safety a priority in your workplace? Call the team at ProStaff learn more about creating a program today.