How do you want your business to be known? Determine the cultural qualities that you want to enact and consider how they relate to a climate of safety. Many goals, such as on-time delivery, efficient service, and employee retention, tie directly back to safety. Promote that vision in simple, straightforward ways to both workers and supervisors: Be here, be safe, be healthy, that's how customer needs are met.
2. Get worker feedback
Often, powerful safety measures emerge from simply asking: What do you need? What would make this task easier or safer? You might be surprised by the ease involved in creating a climate of safety when you incorporate employee input. Accidents--and related injuries--can be avoided by acting on ideas recommended by the people closest to workplace risks, such as adding additional lighting, installing a handrail beside a step down, or replacing mats or rugs with greater frequency.
3. Huddle up
Pair your one-on-one discussions with team huddles. Begin employee shifts with reminders of essential safety precautions in the work to be done, addressing questions and concerns. These daily reminders build team awareness of safety issues, help coworkers understand what it takes to protect themselves--and each other--and let them know that the company values them as both contributors to success and as human beings.
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