Empower Your Workforce With A Powerful Safety Management Program
Safety is of primary importance in day to day operations of any business and an integral part of a successful organization. While every member of an organization has the responsibility of making his own safety and that of co-workers, the primary responsibility for accident prevention and safety rests with top management. Owing to this fact, some managers come up with strict safety rules as their risk management plan. However, safety rules alone cannot prevent accidents, rather, it is an involved safety leader, knowledgeable supervisory staff and a conscientious work force that is able to prevent accidents and losses.
To create a working environment where each individual is committed to the principle of accident prevention rather than accident reaction, safety management and training is key. Like any other responsibility that is of essence, safety can be delegated down the management hierarchy to the junior most employees in the company.
“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis
This can be achieved through:
A safety policy ensures that delegation of safety responsibility is manageable. It is a written policy that contains among other thing; signature of top management, identified safety responsibilities under all levels of the management and of all employees, and a statement that underscores the priority of accident prevention.
An effective safety policy also provides a simple way of measuring safety performance to supervisors and an outline of a comprehensive approach to achieve the same. Some of its features include:
1. Conducting safety inspections as a normal routine of supervisors day to day business and making prompt moves to correct any problems,
2. Training all workers in safe work practices,
3. Conducting job safety analysis,
4. Requesting upper management for help in tending to safety problems, and
5. Ensuring that each employee is acquainted with the supervisor’s safety policy.
Motivating and educating employees
A good safety program is that which involves all employees. Every worker should be motivated to increase his or her safety program contribution by reducing on the job accidents. Through an active and effective safety training program, employees can understand the benefits of adhering to the safety policy. Apart from cutting down injuries and losses, a good safety program helps increase productivity, helps in comply with Occupational Safety and Health Act, and reduces workers’ compensation premiums.
Outsourced safety management is a good way of attaining high levels of safety in your organization. It not only allow your management to focus on the line of production, but also helps build a workforce that understands that loss prevention is part and parcel of both planning and day to day job execution.