Workplace safety involves preventing accidents, developing constructive relationships among co-workers and establishing a safe work environment. Workplace safety ideas must be promoted effectively. An unsafe work environment affects employee health and company productivity, and can increase company costs through insurance increases and damaged equipment. Make safety a priority in your workplace.
Designate a company safety officer responsible for making sure that the safety policies of the company are followed along with federal and state safety laws. Make the safety coordinator responsible for implementing safety awareness programs.
Hold monthly mandatory safety meetings for all employees, managers and executives. Have each person sign in to the meeting to verify their attendance, and make attending safety meetings part of the annual performance review criteria.
Make one week out of each month a safety awareness week during which employees are given materials on company safety policies, and then tested on those policies at the end of the week. Reward employees who score well on tests with an early release from work on an upcoming day.
Print safety posters that include quick reminders of company safety rules, and images that help to get the point across. For example, use a picture of someone falling from a ladder to emphasize the importance of ladder safety in the office. Display the posters throughout the company.
Set up collection boxes within the company where employees can anonymously report violations of company safety policies. Also offer a discreet system by which employees can report instances of verbal abuse, sexual harassment or intimidation by other employees.
Get employees involved by explaining how following safety procedures can save lives and prevent company down time. Consider instituting a bonus program where each employee receives a small bonus at the end of the year if the company improves its safety record.
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