December 31, 2013
Safety should never be compromised in the workplace. As an employer, it is your responsibility to inform all of your staff of the safety requirements that they need to adhere to.
Human relations and business owners will take safety seriously as the implications of not doing so are far too high. Your staff, however, may not always take it as seriously until it actually affects them, which is why it is important that you try to get them to realize the importance from the start.
Here are a few helpful ways to do this in your workplace:
1. Take your safety meetings beyond PowerPoint.
While regulatory requirements ensure that you will have safety training, you may see your staff members switch off before they have even entered the room; however, there are ways to make it fun by thinking a little outside the box. Make them interactive and get people involved in role-playing, watching videos, teamwork and more. Provide food and drink so that people feel welcomed into the meeting and provide colorful charts and diagrams to engage people rather than using a dull PowerPoint presentation.
2. Remind, remind, and then remind again.
So you’ve put in all the work to create an exciting safety meeting, and everyone walked away feeling full of knowledge and cake; however, it is possible that the second they walk out the door, they’ve forgotten everything you have said.
A great way to remind them without individually asking questions about the meeting is to hang posters in break areas highlighting the main safety factors for the workplace. The posters should provide safety information that’s easy to digest rather than reams of information.
3. Run mock drills.
Ensure that you run a mock drill for all your staff at least a couple of times a year. During a mock drill, you can see who is taking it seriously and who isn’t, look at how much people do know and listen to information they have previously received.
You may find that you need to put more procedures in place or that more training needs to be given. Either way, your staff will see that this is important to you, and they will implement the safety practices if the routine drills and analysis are being done to ensure everyone adheres to the rules.
4. Provide your staff with safety training
Employees need to be fully trained on various safety techniques during their induction so they understand how important safety is from the start. Employees all need to go on refresher safety training sessions so that everyone is kept in the loop with safety updates and improvements.
Whatever you decide to do, ensure that you put the correct procedures in place to keep you and your staff safe. If safety training and measures aren’t put in place, then you and your insurance company could end up dealing with safety issues and claims from your employees.
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