4 simple but powerful actions to improve safety in your workplace… by Timur Dede.
1.Identify, understand and control your key risks
It is critical to identify and understand the key risks in your business so you can eliminate or minimise them. Failing to do so would be like not knowing who your customers are, and what products and/or services they buy from you. Some hazards can be more challenging to identify and/or control. There is a myriad of free information on your health and safety regulators website or you could utilise a specialised health and safety consultant.
2.Talk to your employees
Your employees have a plethora of information and experience. They have great ideas and are eager to be heard. Not only will this help you identify and become aware of hazards you may have overlooked, but it will also assist in improving your organisation’s engagement levels, and should transform into improved business outcomes.
3.Invest in training for your employees
Investing in health and safety training (and other types of training) allows your employees to increase their knowledge, and consequently, their contribution to your business. It also fosters motivation and can help staff retention.
Some organisations have the fear that their employees may leave after investing in their development. There’s a quote which sums it up for me and goes something like this… CFO asks CEO, “What happens if we invest in employees and they leave?”. CFO responds, “What happens if we don’t and they stay?”.
4.Reward and recognise your employees
Good organisations hold their employees accountable, great organisations hold their employees accountable and incorporate reward and recognition initiatives. This can be a tricky topic, as rewarding for the wrong types of health and safety performance can actually damage your organisation’s culture and drive unwanted behaviours. I would strongly suggest avoiding incentives using reactive measures such as zero injuries or incidents.
There are a number of things you can do today which have a minimal associated cost, but can have a significant positive contribution to your business. They can assist with your organisation’s profitability and longevity, not to mention, help you meet your legal obligations. At Total Safety Consulting, we are happy to answer any of your questions.