How To Create A Safe Work Environment
June 10, 2020 | Coronavirus
An important part of any successful business is having a safe working environment for your employees. When they feel as if they can safely do their job, they’re happy and you don’t have to worry as much about employee injury claims.
Here are some useful steps that can help your business to increase the safety of your work environment.
Train Your Employees
Every safe working environment starts with training your employees to function safely.
It really doesn’t matter how much safety equipment you have, if your employees aren’t using it correctly, then it’s doing your business no good.
You should have a structured training program that every employee should undergo to learn about your machinery, equipment, and safety practices.
Managers should also be trained on how to be proper role models in the workforce and how to make safe decisions for the workers under them.
Training on discrimination and how to avoid it in the workplace will also make your employees feel more at ease and safe in their environment.
Have A Labeling System
Labeling works great to keep things organized and makes life much easier for newer employees.
When working in an environment with dangerous chemicals, it can be extremely helpful to have labels on your products.
This way, it can help to limit any accidents that can occur from utilizing the wrong materials.
Make Breaks Mandatory
It’s a genius idea to break up your employees’ workday by instituting mandatory breaks.
These will help to reduce the amount of strain and mental stress that your employees undergo.
Just a short five to ten-minute break to relax their body and their mind will allow them to refocus when they start the job back up again.
By encouraging regular breaks you can ensure that your employees are mentally focused on their task at hand when they are working.
Offer Safety Reward Bonuses
It’s a great idea to consider offering reward bonuses to employees who go above and beyond when creating a safe working environment.
You should reward an employee for coming up with new safety practices.
This signifies to all the employees how much management takes safety seriously for their business.
Standards are started at the top and setting out reward bonuses is a great way to institute the importance of safety in the workplace.
It’s highly recommended to have regular safety inspections at your business.
This not only institutes the importance of safety to the employees working for you but it also highlights any issues.
This type of inspection should be of the equipment, tools, and overall workplace.
If any safety issues are notated, they should be readily addressed so that they can be remedied for the future. Safety is an ongoing task for any smart business.
An employer has the responsibility of ensuring that their workers are covered in case an accident does occur.
With worker’s compensation, employees feel safer because they know that if something does occur on the job, they’ll be covered.
Be sure your employees are trained on what qualifies for worker’s compensation and when they do and do not qualify.
Make Cleaning Supplies Readily Accessible
Half of the battle of getting employees to use cleaning supplies for safety is having them readily available.
If they have to ask another person or go a long distance to get the supplies, they’ll probably end up not using them.
Having cleaning supplies readily available is one great way to ensure that your employees work in a clean environment.
It’s just human nature to want a clean workspace and when you provide the supplies in a readily accessible area, employees are more likely to use them to create a clean workspace.
Safety is a necessity for all business owners.
Especially with companies getting back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees are looking for their employers to take the appropriate steps in keeping them safe on their return.
Employers should look up the CDC requirements for their area and be sure to follow them appropriately for the safety of the company.
While there are many aspects to it that can seem overwhelming to start, you must consider undergoing all safety precautions for the sake of your employees and their loved ones.
The above tips will give you a great place to get started creating a very safe working environment for your employees.
It’s important to remember that safety should be an ongoing task that gets better and better over time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for employee feedback and suggestions for making your work environment safer for all.
This is a Guest Post by Austin Winder, a Public Relations Specialist. I live in Memphis, TN and graduated with a business and marketing degree from the University of Memphis.
How Can We Help?
Do you need assistance with a legal matter? Our attorneys have the experience needed to guide you in the right direction.