When we think about hazardous work environments, many of our minds immediately go to sweatshops in third world countries. However, unsafe workplaces do exist in the U.S., and they come in all shapes and sizes.
As a business where safety is daily concern, making sure your workforce prioritizes safety is the key to keeping your plant, warehouse or industrial business accident-free. Unsafe conditions pose serious risk to your long-term business success. However, you can rally your employees to embrace safety best practices, so you rarely have to worry about unsafe working conditions under your roof.
Frequently discuss common safety issues. Before your crew files a complaint with OSHA, make sure they feel comfortable and confident coming to you. By discussing common safety hazards, your machinists can identify damaged or poorly maintained machinery before an incident occurs. Even your administrative assistants can recognize areas where slips and falls are a higher risk. When you make safety a frequent and open discussion, your employees are more likely to be on the lookout for situations they can prevent.
Post signs, signals and barricades. Display signs and warnings around areas that pose the greatest safety risks. Use universal signals that all employees, no matter their native language, can understand. Make sure protective gear is easily accessible and hang posters on how to respond to an accident or hazardous situation. The more you educate your crew, they better they’ll be at preventing accidents.
Motivate your management team. Establish safety routines where team leaders and shift leaders are required to conduct safety checks every shift. For especially hazardous areas, consider conducting routine safety checks every hour. Make sure that managers know which positions are likely to be exposed to harmful fumes or loud noises so that they frequently examine protective equipment. Empower your leaders and you’ll also empower your employees.
Make safety part of your workforce culture. Safe working conditions are more than just a workforce policy, it’s a state and federal law. When The Occupational Safety & Health Act was passed in 1970, employers became responsible for preventing and removing hazards in the workplace. As an employer, you should show that you view OSHA as a partner in safety, not an adversary. Making sure your crew knows you want them to stay safe means they’ll want to keep each other safe.
If you think your working conditions could use a safety overhaul, give Malone Staffing Solutions a call. We only place candidates who view safety as a priority, so that you know you’re getting a quality employee that can influence others. We can help you create a strong safety culture in your company by hiring the right people right now. Call us today!