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Making Safety a Priority With Your Workforce

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When you stop and think about the multiple factors that keep your business in motion, raise revenue, and cut costs, worker safety lies just under the surface. A commitment to a safe workplace means longer retention, higher productivity, and a greater sense of mutual trust between your teams and their managers. All of these translate into boosts for your bottom line, and of course your company can also benefit from a decreased risk of expensive lawsuits and compensation claims. Make sure you’re sending a clear message to your teams: safety matters. Here are a few ways to get your point across.

Implement safety policies and actually enforce them.

Don’t create a new policy based on a “rule” that can’t be enforced. Every rule that’s officially in the books should be concrete, not abstract, and should be enforceable through the application of clear incentives and punishments for non-compliance. If you want employees to respect hard hat zones, for example, find a way to crack down on those who ignore the rule, including managers and executives.

Keep records and use them.

When an incident or accident occurs, document the episode even if no one was hurt. And don’t just keep these records; actively refer to them and use them to direct and shape future safety policies. If a certain number of people slip on a specific wet floor every year, know this number, and be able to recognize patterns that can help you contain and eliminate the danger. Are there also visibility problems in this same area? Do the falls occur when employees are carrying objects or moving too quickly? Use your records answer these questions and solve the problem.

Listen to complaints and act on them.

If an employee complains about a wet floor issue, don’t just ignore the complaint until someone falls and gets hurt. Even if there’s nothing you can do about the problem just yet, make sure the employee feels heard and acknowledged, and make it clear that you’re taking steps toward a solution. The only thing worse than a dangerous floor is a dangerous floor combined with an atmosphere of employee mistrust.

Perform regular safety audits.

Don’t wait until government inspectors or insurance officials show up at your door; conduct your own safety inspections and do so on a regular schedule. For the sake of efficiency, use an audit system. For example, don’t white glove every door frame, just choose three door frames at random for each inspection. Attack critical points at which your unique safety problems seem to arise.

For more on how to keep your workplace safe and let your employees know that you’re committed to their protection, reach out to the staffing team at CSS.

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