With the daily stresses of being on the job, safety isn’t always foremost in the minds of business owners. No one anticipates accidents or other unforeseen incidents on the job, but it's always best to be prepared. As a business owner, one of your many responsibilities is to keep your employees safe, and giving employees a sense of security demonstrates your concern and desire to protect them. A safer workplace is a better one, and ensures that your company will continue to attract, engage, and retain a great staff.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to promote a safe work environment for you and your employees, both in and out of the office:
Create a safety plan. In the event of a dangerous situation, you need to be prepared with a safety plan. Make sure to educate your employees about the safety plan, so they know what to do if the unexpected happens. By taking the necessary steps to enhance your business operations and the safety of your workers, you’ll not only prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, but also increase your company’s productivity overall. Need help creating a plan or curious to see what others look like? Take a look at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) sample of safety and health programs, here.
Stress the importance of safety training. Make sure to emphasize accident prevention during new employee orientation, and be sure to follow through in safety meetings and required training sessions. Give your employees the skills, information, and tools they need to stay safe on the job by holding regular training sessions, and make sure to answer any questions about your safety procedures. Not sure where to start? The National Safety Council has been leading the way to safer workplaces for more than 100 years and provides great Workplace Safety Training tools. The more knowledge your employees have, the smarter their decisions in an emergency situation will be.
“Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent.”
Provide personal safety devices. Cell phones may not always be easily accessible in an emergency situation, but with wearable technology that can help improve workplace safety it's easy to be prepared. Personal safety systems like Wearsafe help to keep employees connected to a trusted circle of friends or coworkers. With a press of the wearable Wearsafe Tag, an alert is sent to their contacts with updated GPS location and a group chat to coordinate a response. Network members also receive a live audio stream from up to a minute before the alert was sent, providing context for them to decide how best to help your employee.
While companies can’t prevent all potentially dangerous situations, they can be prepared and equipped with tools to help. Giving employees a strong sense of security demonstrates that you care about their well-being, which will ultimately help to decrease anxiety and increase productivity.