Last week, I talked about how to improve safety procedures by identifying training needs. A gentle reminder:). I also talked about how management may need to make changes to improve safety performance. Today, I am sharing non-training options in 4 easy steps. These steps will also help you identify your training needs if the identified non-training options are not in place.
Step 1: Do you have adequate resources and support? If no, ensure you provide the necessary resources (such as safe tools/machinery and facilities) and support to ensure employees are able to carry out their duties safely. You will see the benefits of this in increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and less accidents. Remember, no amount of training will help if your workers lack resources, support, proper motivation and attention to their job
Step 2: Do you have adequate safety management? Do you have the resources to effectively identify and correct hazards and unsafe behaviours before they result in ill-health or injury? If no, then you need to ensure that a health and safety plan that ensures managers and supervisors are trained and can carry out their safety responsibilities, is in place.
Step 3: How do you enforce safety? Is it adequate? An effective process ensures that there is justified disciplinary procedures in place for those who fail to comply. You need to design and implement an effective safety accountability program which your employees must be made aware of.
Step 4: Do you practice what you preach? Managers and supervisors can set good examples by complying with health and safety policies and procedures. If you fail to lead by example, your employees will be led to believe they can work fast rather than work safe if they feel their jobs depends on how fast they work. Working fast puts pressure on your employees, they make mistakes and are prone to accidents. Ensure you design an effective management leadership plan that includes training for your managers and supervisors so they understand their safety responsibilities.
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