If you still think of safety as an incidental issue with limited impact on your bottom line, think again. Regardless of your industry and the overall hazards of you workplace, safety IS having an impact on your profits and productivity, whether you realize it or not. Warehouses and factory floors aren’t the only places where worker safety rates require attention.
How many workdays do you lose each year to the flu? How about stress-related illness or repetitive stress injuries? If you don’t know, the answer is too many. It may be time to overhaul your current safety policies and start performing regular audits, if you don’t already. Take these considerations into account as you move forward.
Documentation is Key
Keep separate records for injuries and illness that require varying levels of attention. Most shop floors and warehouses maintain documentation for injuries that require outside healthcare (sometimes called “recordable injuries”), and incidents that require at least one day’s absence from work (often called “lost time accidents.”)
Every incident that falls into either category should be recorded, and all accidents and on-the-job injuries should be followed by a report that’s emailed to every member of your management team. Knowledge is power, and injuries that go on record are less likely to reoccur.
Summer and winter offer different sets of hazards, even for workers who spend most of their time indoors. Pay close attention to icy sidewalks and parking lots, commuting traffic, and hydration during the hot summer months. You may not see an obvious way to control or mitigate these dangers, but it’s in your best interest to pay attention and take action when you see an opportunity.
Implementing New Policies
Before you decide to implement a new policy, make sure 1.) the data is on your side, 2.) you have the backing of upper management, 3.) you’ve thought through the future ramifications of the policy, and 4.) your management team is ready to help you uphold the new rule. New policies shouldn’t be taken lightly or implemented if they can’t be enforced, since this just weakens respect and compliance. At the same time, a logical new safety policy based on meaningful documentation may help prevent worker mishaps and protect the company from financial loss.
Walk the Walk
The most important and often overlooked aspect of workplace safety is manager compliance. When it comes to building support and respect for safety policies, your managers should set the example. If leaders disregard safety rules, their teams are likely to do the same.
As you develop your new safety initiatives or upgrade your existing policies, contact the Little Rock staffing experts at CSS for guidance.