Do your workers feel they are safe on the job? Do they work without fear of getting hurt and the impact it would have on their family? Do they trust their employer to do everything possible to train and protect them so they can go home safely at the end of the day?
We often talk about the importance and benefits of Building a Culture of Safety in the workplace. When you have achieved this objective, it implies that your employees have taken ownership of their actions and care enough to protect themselves and their coworkers by being safe and following safety guidelines. It also implies that safety is valued, practiced and encouraged at the leadership level, which has an important impact on employees, as well as your bottom line.
Workplace safety initiatives are essential when it comes to maintaining a work environment that is both safe and productive. However, the safety programs you put into place don’t mean much if employees aren’t inspired to change old behaviors.
There are hundreds of safety slogans and quotes that demonstrate the importance of workplace safety. Often, it’s these sayings that stick in our minds and help us remember to adhere to their messages and use safe workplace practices. These quotes or slogans can be used in memos, displayed on bulletin boards and featured in employee newsletters to help raise awareness in your organization.
What is a Culture of Safety?
How do you know if you have one and how can you enhance this culture once it has been established?
It is actually much easier to identify an organization that does not exhibit a culture of safety. These are organizations that have recurring injuries and down time along with increasing insurance rates and possible litigation issues. At these facilities, workers don’t feel safe or comfortable with the PPE provided to them and don’t bother to alert someone if gloves, glasses or earplugs fit properly. Management and workers sometimes ignore safety procedures and safety is not looked at as a top priority, nor is it discussed or properly invested in. Workers are not empowered to make a difference and in these cases, the culture of safety is broken or non-existent.
All companies, regardless of their industry, share one thing in common; their most valuable asset is their employees. But how do you make sure you are doing all you can to protect your most valuable asset?
Before creating your checklist here are four things to keep in mind:
Developing a comprehensive health and safety checklist is an important first step in creating a safe workplace. Identifying potential hazards and developing procedures to handle them will ensure the safety of your employees and show your commitment to building a culture of safety in your workplace.
With new regulations coming from OSHA and the first increase in workplace fatalities since 2010, it is imperative that organizations take the proper steps to keep their employees safe. Safety Directors face increased pressure to maintain compliance, reduce incident rates and ensure employee safety.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing. It gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and take charge of the public image of manufacturing to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. This year, Arbill is celebrating Manufacturing Day, and we will be hosting a free event on Friday, October 7th at our headquarters in Philadelphia.