10 -Steps of safety promotion
1. Train employees well.
Comprehensive training is a must for preventing workplace injury. Making sure that all of our employees have access to – and complete – all safety training for their positions.
2. Reward employees for safe behavior.
Rewards are an easy way to encourage workplace safety. Giving out rewards to employees who follow safety policies keeps them engaged, which can make a big difference in reducing workplace injuries.
3. Partner with occupational clinicians.
As mentioned above, occupational medicine clinicians can provide valuable insight into workplace injury and prevention. These clinicians can help us prevent work injuries by visiting our worksite and identifying areas where there’s a high risk for employee injury. Physical and occupational therapists can also improve workplace ergonomics and develop human performance evaluations to help us screen candidates for physically demanding roles and aid in the return-to-work process.
4. Use labels and signs.
Labels and signs are a cheap and effective way to quickly communicate important information. They’re usually simple and rely on pictures to detail hazards and proper procedures. These tools are good reminders and warnings for even the most experienced worker.
5. Keep things clean.
A messy workplace can lead to unnecessary accidents. Make sure boxes are stacked safely and spills are cleaned up quickly. We conduct regular inspections to check for potential dangers such as tangled cords, messy floors, and disorganized tools. Programs like 5S are implemented to provide beneficial improvements in the organization which leads to reduced clutter.
6. Make sure employees have the right tools and have regular equipment inspections.
The right tools and equipment create a better product and a safer work environment. It’s also important that all equipment is cleaned, serviced, and inspected regularly. Machine malfunctions are one of the most dangerous workplace hazards.
7. Encourage stretch breaks.
Stretch breaks are an easy way to improve workplace ergonomics and employee health. Taking even five minutes to stretch can ease muscle tension and loosen joints, reducing the potential for repetitive motion injuries. Active movements have been shown to be more effective than passive stretching alone.
8. Implement safety protocols from the start.
Workplace safety starts from day one, which means hiring qualified people who pay attention to detail. A safe workplace starts with employees who follow safety requirements and perform their jobs per the established procedures. We also work with physical therapists to analyze the physical demands of each job role. The findings are used to create functional job analyses and post-offer pre-placement functional testing.
9. Keep an open dialogue.
We make it easy for our employees to come to us with health and safety concerns. They report hazards right away and identify potential areas of concern you may not have noticed. Appoint or nominate a safety captain who is empowered to communicate concerns identified by employees to leadership on a consistent basis.
10. Having regular meetings on workplace safety.
It never hurts to be over-prepared. Regular meetings to review safety rules and discuss prevention keep workplace safety top of mind so that when something does happen, everyone knows what to do right away.
As an employer, it’s our responsibility to protect our employees and provide a safe workplace. We use these ten tips to get started and to help make our workplace safe, healthy, and productive.
Valuing Health and Wellness
We value the health and wellness of our employees, retirees, and their families. Health and wellness resources that both inform and educate are available companywide. Taking advantage of them heightens awareness and assists in maintaining and improving health. Ultimately, it leads to a healthier, safer workplace.
The company’s Industrial Hygiene Standards provide systems for identifying and addressing employee exposures to chemical, physical, biological and other hazards through elimination, engineering controls, work practice controls, personal protective equipment and monitoring. Health, Environment, Safety and Security policies and standards cover health programs for all aspects of these hazards.