Maintaining a safe workplace is the best thing you can do to ensure the success of your business. So it’s important to take steps to develop and implement a safety plan your workers can follow every day on the job. The number-one way to design the most effective safety plan is by incorporating the expertise of those closest to the work—your employees! As first-hand observers of daily operations, your staff can suggest steps you can take to improve any potential safety concerns in your workplace.
How to develop and implement your work site safety plan
As you design your plan and set it into motion, you can follow these steps to ensure its effectiveness:
Inspect your workplace.
Take a walk through with supervisors and members of management. Try to notice everything that goes on during your shifts. Conducting walk-throughs before a shift starts, while employees are working, and after a shift is over will give you important clues for ways you may need to improve. You can also perform a safety audit to be sure your workplace is operating in line with all required safety regulations.
Gather employee input.
What do your workers see as possible precautions that should be taken each day? Conduct employee meetings and keep an open-door policy to gather all input. Encourage your workers to “say something if they see something”—everyone’s insight is valid.
Write your plan.
Based on your observations and all necessary regulations, write your plan. You may wish to include policy and procedure docs for each job in your workplace, plus daily maintenance checklists, and emergency protocols.
Train your workers.
Initial and follow-up training is vital to reminding your workers of all safety practices. If you work with a staffing agency, check with your recruiter to find out what training they provide.
Refresh your plan on a regular basis.
This is especially important when accidents happen. Closely review what caused the accident to determine whether a worker wasn’t following protocol, or if your safety plan requires revision. Then, make all necessary changes and inform your workers—through a meeting or in-service.
Keep it current
Once you have your plan in place, remember it’s a dynamic document. Continuously monitor your workplace and make updates to your plan to ensure the continued safety of your workplace and employees.