As with everything else in your business, developing a culture of safety starts at the top and works its way through your organization. Leading by example is the first step in having your employees actively engage in the safety culture. Set them up for success with the right tools and equipment and then show them how to take ownership of their safety and the safety of others in their work areas. Demonstrate the priority safety takes in your business by implementing policies and procedures, communicating them to your employees, and creating ways to get them involved and reward outstanding accomplishments.
For your employees to really take the safety culture seriously, they need to OWN it. That means they see the value in it and are dedicated to making the necessary effort to follow procedures and offer ideas for improvement. Here are a few ways you can entice your employees to engage in your safety culture:
1) Ask for suggestions.
Your employees are the ones working in their area of your facility performing the hands-on tasks each day. They know the lay of the land and are a great source for information about the existing or potential risks in your workplace. Dust off that suggestion box and put it to good use. Your employees will feel that their observations and opinions matter and are more likely to get on board with changes to make the work areas safer.
2) Include employees in the planning process.
Form committees to research risks and ways to resolve them. Hold meetings to discuss which areas need the most attention to provide a safe work environment – utilize perception surveys and really listen to the feedback from your employees. Let them know you appreciate their time and consideration in creating a safety culture.
3) Purchase the services and equipment needed to implement a safety plan.
Provide the tools and make the investment in professional services to put the right safety practices in place. An investment in safety protocols will demonstrate your commitment to the well-being of your employees and set them up for success.
4) Offer safety training.
Follow up the purchase of supplies and implementation of procedures with proper training to make the best use of these resources. Employees will feel empowered and encouraged to follow the best safety practices you have created and put into action.
5) Reward outstanding efforts.
Just about everyone wants to feel appreciated. Let your employees know how much you value their hard work with incentives and recognition. Find ways to make safety fun!
Your entire organization will benefit from a successful safety culture. It prevents injury, protects property, and preserves your bottom line. Put your money to good use promoting employee engagement in your company’s safety policies and programs – it’s worth the investment.
If you’re ready to get started, contact Advanced Safety and Health, LLC to schedule an audit or a quote on services to keep your workplace safe.