As a business owner or manager, you realize you not only have a solid responsibility to keep the profitable, but you also know that you owe it to your employees to keep their workplace as safe as possible. What are some things you can do to help keep safety a priority? Here are some tips to consider:
If you are an employer, then you need to realize that it is your legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that all of your employees are able to perform their job expectations in a safe and healthy manner. This is one of the main reasons why safety training is so important. However, there are other reasons. One major factor would be safety protocols, which will change over time. Moreover, even if you have a safety training program as part of your employee on-boarding process, you should strongly consider a “refresher course” for your longtime employees as well. People have a tendency to get comfortable and forget some of the major safety protocols over time.
As a business owner, there are definitely a number of situations where you will need to stay OSHA compliant. First of all, you have to determine whether the OSHA regulations apply to your business in the first place. The following exceptions to OSHA will apply:
- You have less than 10 employees
- You are a self-employed
- You are a family-owned farm or ranch
- You have a business that offers cleaning, child care or other types of domestic services
- Your business is contained within a church
After looking at the above list, if you are convinced you will need to follow the OSHA rules, here are some areas your business will need to stay on top of:
- You should regularly assess the safety of your workplace conditions
- Post OSHA standards and warning signs where all employees will see them
- Maintain strict records of all employee accidents
- Keep an awareness of tool safety
- Emphasize that your employees wear personal protective equipment
Moreover, be aware of warning tags. Warning labels help businesses remain OSHA compliant, and help workers remember to be more cautious and aware in areas that may be hazardous.
Focus on Employee Performance
You also should be aware of how your employees are doing when it comes to safety. Naturally, if someone is taking shortcuts in their work performance that could compromise their safety, you should review the safety guidelines with the employee. However, you also should take a look at those who are committed to safety procedures and praise them for it. Praising top performing employees for good behavior is one of the best tools available to you as a leader.
Keeping a safe work environment can definitely make the daunting task of management even tougher. However, it is important to keep a safe work environment top of mind at all times.