Safety is an essential part of the construction business. You can’t do without it. Your employees are the lifeblood of the entire business and their safety should be paramount in all cases. Thousands of people are injured every single year in the US while performing manual labor, and most of those cases are avoidable if safety protocols are just followed. Here are 5 safety tips you need in order to build a safe workforce.
Perform a Baseline Assessment
You need to create a baseline to create a safe workforce in your business. For that, you need to look hard into the past and the present of the culture in order to find out what you’ve been neglecting, what needs to be improved, and what needs to be encouraged.
This involves looking at past incident and accident reports, identifying present hazards, finding out which areas of your business are in need of revised safety protocols and which incidents have happened in the last year to six months, which could’ve been avoided had there been stricter adherence to safety protocols.
You should also review compensation reports, complaints and close calls, and look for trends and common factors in all this data to identify common injuries, parts of the body that are injured, time of day or the shift that the injuries occur in, the equipment used or not used, and the departments which are most prone to injury.
Appoint a Safe Workforce Champion
This person will lead the responsibility to change the culture into a safe workforce. You don’t necessarily need to create a new department that enforces the safety regulations in place, but you do need to create a position that will help those laws get enforced better.
The baseline assessment will help identify the best man or woman for the job. You can select them depending on which department needs them the most and the area in which the greatest number of incidents occur.
The Safety Champion will help to act as a leader that people can look to when hazards present themselves or when they observe an incident that is liable to become an accident. It will allow your workers to see the human face of safety so that when a situation arises, they know who to contact.
Safe Workforce Education
This is the most effective way to enforce safety standards. In order for you to get a higher rate of safety in your organization, nothing works better than to educate your employees on safety. If every single employee knows the codes and why it’s important to follow them, there is a greater chance that those codes will be followed.
The process will also become self-policing since the employees will retain checks on one another. It will also encourage a herd mentality whereby most employees will follow the protocols, and new employees will follow their footsteps.
Furthermore, employees should be held accountable when they fail to uphold safety standards. There needs to be a safe workforce that doesn’t reward – or even turn a blind eye – to neglect since that can cost lives.
In order to encourage employee participation, you can set safety goals and hold everyone accountable. You can also discipline employees properly when they behave in ways which are costly to the company and their coworkers.
Also, you should establish a clear system which can report hazards, injuries, and close calls so that everything is documented and the environment is made safer for everyone.
Comply with Regulations
This is Safety 101. The regulations set out by the government and by private authorities need to be followed to the “T”. This is not only to make sure that your company is compliant with the rules and regulations of authorities, but also to ensure the employees are in the lowest amount of danger as possible.
The authority that is to be followed apart from the federal and state governments is OSHA, especially the OSHA 300 log. This log is to be maintained in many cases by your business in order to assess how safe it is.
Not only that, but you should also develop the required programs that OSHA lays out to encourage and promote greater safety in your company.
Support a Safe Workforce Culture
Employees and administrators need to lead by example in order to encourage this type of behavior among their fellow workers. This can only work if it’s done en masse. In order to get the best out of safety regulations, there needs to be a collective responsibility taken by each employee to lower the possibility of people getting hurt.
Safety regulations, filling out accident/incident reports, and preparing all the necessary documentation can take a toll on anyone. Hiring a virtual assistant can ease the load of administrative tasks, such as the former ones listed. Meet with us today to discuss your business needs and how we can help you.