According to data from the ongoing Gallup Poll Social Series, workers are reporting feeling unsatisfied with their safety at work in the United States.
We here at Safety Solutions and Supply know how important a safety culture is in the workplace. If your employees are feeling unsafe at work, use these 8 steps to improve your safety culture and strengthen emotional safety within your company.
- Inspect job sites daily. Daily inspections are vital to maintaining a culture of safety as it helps minimize your employees risk of injury and exposure to hazardous chemicals. It also allows you to confirm that all machinery is operating properly, and is thoroughly cleaned.
- Monitor who, when, where, and why employees are getting sick and/or hurt. If your employees are continually getting sick or hurt, you need to update your safety protocols, analyze data and figure out what needs to change in order to enhance your company’s safety culture.
- Provide employees with the right PPE. Employees should always be provided with the necessary gear for every dangerous situation. OSHA provides guidelines on what equipment should be used in every situation. Be sure to follow those guidelines, to maintain a safety culture in your workplace.
- Stock the necessary emergency supplies. Preparation is key to maintaining a high safety culture in your company. Be sure you have all the necessary emergency supplies on hand at all times. Follow OSHA’s guidelines for first aid to make sure you are properly prepared.
- Create a feedback system that allows employees to report risks anonymously. Employees are by far the most equipped to point out site risks as they are on the job site more than anyone else. Create a secure, anonymous feedback system so that employees are able to provide the necessary information to minimize risk.
- Train employees properly. Training is vital to minimizing risk. Training helps employees become more aware of risks and teaches them how to handle those risks. This will help prevent slips, falls, and struck-by hazards injuries.
- Perform investigations for near-misses and other incidents. Investigations allow you to see what went wrong and where. You can then take this info and share with your employees to potentially prevent any future incidents of a similar nature.
- Conduct toolbox talks regularly. These group discussions help keep employees aware of any specific safety issue that may be present on the job site. It also allows employees to voice their concerns about these risks.
By conducting these 8 steps and making the necessary changes, you’ll be able to develop a higher level of safety awareness in your workplace and minimize the risk and injuries among employees.
If you have any questions about your company’s safety culture feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to give us a call at 866-537-2262.
Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)