According to a 2018 report from Liberty Mutual, businesses pay billions in direct costs every year due to workplace injuries.
When it comes to safety compliance, your team follows your lead. As a leader, you must stress safety in words and action. An effective workplace safety strategy succeeds when it includes the following 6 Best Practices for Workplace Safety and Employee Wellbeing:
1. Constant dialogue with your team. Strong lines of communication at all levels of your organization improves workplace safety across the board.
Make sure your management gets feedback from your team at every level. Stay on top of any complaints or concerns, encouraging your team to come to you with problems. When they do, ask for potential solutions. This back and forth instills an environment of collaboration and focus on proactive resolution.
The feedback you hear isn’t always positive, but strong communication allows responsiveness in the face of challenges.
2. Keep up to date on best practices. To employ the best safety standards, keep current with new research, regulatory guidelines, and process innovations for your industry.
Disseminate knowledge to the rest of your team to inform them of best practices for:
● OSHA and workplace safety regulations
● Health guidelines for disease transmission risks such as COVID-19
● Training and education for all tools and equipment
3. Provide appropriate tools and accessories. All the education and training in the world is ineffective without the right tools to do the job.
Beyond training and education, ensure your team is equipped with the tools and accessories (gloves, hardhats, boots, harnesses, etc.) they need to do their job safely.
While it is tempting to focus on budget when buying equipment, dialogue with your team for feedback on fit, features and ease of use.
4. Avoid stagnation. Workplace safety systems succeed best when they are frequently updated. Conduct audits of your practices to fill in holes and make improvements. Small flaws become major issues if left unchecked.
Sharpen your systems by calling in an expert for an external audit of your safety standards.
5. Encourage the wellbeing and health of your team. Create a workplace that encourages a healthy work / life balance. Your team is the safest, least accident-prone, and most productive when in good health. Schedule hours that maximize productivity and encourage rest.
Find ways to reduce stress levels in the office to accommodate the individual needs of team members.
For those working outdoors, stress the importance of hydration and protection from the sun. Provide solutions to these challenges to make compliance easy.
6. Hold regular workplace safety meetings. A schedule of regular meetings encourages an intentional and active attitude towards safety.
Many accidents are avoided through awareness and proper precautions. Use meetings as a chance to reinforce this mindset and receive dialogue from your team on the results of your policies.
Thinking through how your business handles these areas will better protect the health of your team, improve performance, and save you money, but protection isn’t complete without a sufficient Workers’ Compensation policy.
Risk Innovations provides policy options for a wide spectrum of risks. Agents can find the perfect solution for their clients that ensures sufficient protection at a fair price.
To build a plan that’s right for you, reach out and we’ll direct you to the appropriate department.