Becoming and Employer of Choice: Workplace Safety Tips to Implement Today
Safety in the workplace is a legal and moral responsibility for all companies. However, prioritizing and protecting the health and safety of employees is also a way to become an employer of choice. Promoting and maintaining a safe environment will allow a company to build a culture where employees feel valued and cared for, as well as encouraging efficiency and quality in production. Below are a few key workplace safety tips for companies to focus on:
Workplace safety often begins with a common sense review of the environment and procedures already in place. Finding potential areas of concern, observing operations through the lens of employee safety and well-being, and encouraging employee feedback will help to identify areas of improvement.
After identifying potential issues, the next step is to avoid workplace safety hazards. This step varies greatly depending on the type of manufacturing facility in question. Below are a few places to start:
- If using a lean manufacturing approach and the 5S methodology, reduce unnecessary tools and keep appropriate tools in their appropriate places.
- Create a culture that avoids shortcuts and rewards a systematic approach to production.
- Reduce workplace stress and potential “staying alert” pitfalls by allowing regular breaks and shorter shifts.
- Use mechanical assistance, especially when lifting and moving heavy equipment or objects.
- Provide and require employees to wear the proper safety equipment.
- Implement a preventative maintenance plan that requires each employee to take ownership over the equipment that they work on and utilize.
Safety events are bound to happen, so figuring out how to appropriately handle them is an equally important step. Notifying supervisors and properly reporting and addressing incidents will help a company to abate any future safety events. Managers ultimately bear the responsibility of prioritizing workplace safety, so clear expectations around communicating safety conditions is a crucial part of the equation. A company can also abate safety issues by providing and maintaining accessible equipment shutoffs and easy-to-identify exits. By clearly communicating and training employees how to quickly and safely remove themselves from a dangerous situation, workplace safety incidents can be contained and minimized.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trainings provide important insight into the areas discussed above. Catalyst Connection is hosting a two-day workshop in July providing expert training in workplace safety tips. This training will look into the rights and responsibilities of all involved parties, as well as how to file complaints and respond to medical emergencies on site. Catalyst Connection experts will help manufacturers identify, avoid, prevent, and abate general industry safety hazards, and equip them with the tools to become employers of choice that prioritize workplace and employee health and safety.