Everyone knows safety practices are important. They’re a common component on every factory floor and construction site. But it’s critical for your labor staff to understand the extent of the consequences that can occur when safety procedures are ignored.
Tell employees why—and don’t let them off easy!
Safety policies and procedures are in place to prevent injuries and even death. They should be taken seriously and followed to the letter. Employees should understand by ignoring safety practices, they are putting themselves—and their fellow employees—in danger. Obviously, no one wants to find themselves in harm’s way, and no one wants the regret associated with causing injury to someone else. As an employer, you must stress the importance of safety as a life or death situation not to be taken lightly!
How to communicate workplace safety to your workers
You can spread the word about on-the-job safety in the following ways:
- Make safety training mandatory. Especially in the labor industry, safety training should be part of a new employee’s onboarding. Every worker should know how to use all machines, tools and equipment they will be working with on the job.
- Provide appropriate gear. Your workers need high-quality helmets, safety glasses, harnesses, etc. Purchasing safety gear is not the time to be skimping and looking for deals—buy safety equipment that’s comfortable and easy to use.
- Include safety in performance reviews. If a worker is great about following safety standards, this should be a point of praise. Conversely, not following safety practices should also be brought up in review—with a warning about disciplinary action, if necessary.
- Hang posters with pictures. Posters that show appropriate safety actions are much easier to follow than posters with words alone. Hang these all over your worksite, in places where staff will regularly see them.
- Do regular safety checks. These should be daily, during every shift. Walk the production site and check that all machines and equipment are in working order. Be sure to travel around during every shift to make sure all workers are using equipment properly and wearing all safety gear.
- Hold refresher meetings. Employees will use some safety procedures daily, while other practices, such as fire safety and evacuation, are for just-in-case scenarios. Regular refresher meetings will keep all safety protocols fresh in the minds of your workers.
Your staffing agency can help
If you work with a recruiter for labor staff, they can coordinate safety training with your employees. This makes it much easier to get new workers onboarded and ready to go with all the training needed to perform tasks safely.
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