When working in fast-paced environments, and trying to meet deadlines, it’s easy for people to forget about safety. Most manufacturing employers will be able to attest that safety standards are not enforced regularly and can lead to unpredictable outcomes. Everyday actions can impact business group productivity and cost. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 2,000 eye injuries are common in the workplace every day, which results in more than $300 million in lost productivity, medical expenses, and worker compensation.
- Start at the top. Leadership is key to creating a safe culture. Safety must be a core value of the company’s culture. This includes leading, working and acting safely. Safety will be promoted by the management.
- Distribute safety surveys. It is important to find out what your employees are aware of your safety expectations and guidelines before you start to implement them. Do they know your company policies and procedures? Are they aware of their safety responsibilities? This survey is a great way to anonymously get feedback from employees about safety at work.
- Pre-shift huddles should be held. Management can strengthen safety culture by covering near-injury missedes, newly identified hazards, and educating staff about how to use equipment and processes to protect everyone’s safety and health. Safety huddles are meant to provide an open and non-punitive platform for employees to discuss workplace safety.
- One-on-one discussions. In informal safety discussions, associates can help supervisors build trust and show respect for workers’ safety. Associates who feel valued and respected will be more inclined to engage in informal safety discussions. This is a great place to get feedback from employees who might not feel comfortable speaking up in front of a large impact business group.
- Ensure that you continue to receive safety training. Safety training is vital for creating a workplace culture that promotes safety. Employees who are well-versed in safety best practices and guidelines will be more likely to spot potential hazards before they happen. This will reduce injuries and save you money on productivity and employee morale.
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Safety at work should not be limited to workers. It should also include workers actively participating in safety initiatives. A high level of employee engagement has been shown to correlate with higher productivity, quality, profitability, and lower turnover rates. This can help with employee retention and even impact business group recruitment. Job seekers will be able learn more about your safety culture through online reviews. Job seekers today look at the experiences of former employees to determine whether they are interested in working for a company.