Workplace health and safety is the backbone of any business. Especially since the cost of workplace injuries can be huge. They can have a massive impact on not only the day-to-day running of your business but projected business in the future. It is tempting to cut corners when it comes to workplace health and safety to gain short-term benefits in productivity. However, in the long term, if workplace health and safety isn’t effectively managed, production has the potential to come to a standstill. Workers take time off work or simply don’t work as well as they could, reducing overall business productivity. Read our blog post on how you can boost productivity whilst simultaneously protecting your employees.
1. Good planning
Workplace health and safety should start at the very beginning of running your business. From day one it is crucial to plan for every eventuality. Carry out a risk assessment and have a plan in place for any actual and potential workplace health and safety issue. Good planning and thinking ahead will be worth it in the future when you avoid costly insurance or compensation claims.
2. Communication of information
It’s great to have a plan in place but if the plan isn’t effectively communicated to everybody working in your business then it might as well not exist. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple signage reminders, memo’s, instructions, and posters aids to communicate relevant information work just fine. Another fundamental element when conveying information within your business is to keep all lines of communication open. This means being available and approachable. Having a simple and easy way for workers to highlight concerns or report incidents harvests a culture of open communication. This will go a long way in protecting your employees and boosting productivity.
3. Collaboration on improvements
Allowing your workers to work collaboratively with you on improvements not only widens the spectrum of good ideas but also demonstrates that you value your worker’s opinions and their role within your business. You could hold regular meetings, have an open chat on a messaging program or have an informal walk around to chat with your employees. Whatever it is, find a mode that suits your business style and schedule.
4. Quality tools and equipment
You need to make sure your workers have the right equipment for the right job so that they can carry out their work efficiently and safely. You also need to make sure they have the right safety equipment available to them should something unplanned happen. It is important to ensure you have considered, uniform, personal protective equipment, and the right tools for any particular role within your business.
5. Control work area access
Having the right person for the right job is important but it is just as important to ensure that they have the right area to work in. This might mean that particular areas are more dangerous than others and therefore, require restricted access. Ensuring the right people have access to the right areas at the right time will protect many.
6. Training and education
This is pivotal to the success of an effective workplace health and safety program. This includes both written instructions such as that found in a handbook. It can also include face-to-face, individual or group, in person or online training. This is not only essential when a worker starts, but also periodically for workers that have been with you for some time.
These workplace health and safety steps will boost productivity and protect your workers against injury. They can be put in place from the outset and safeguard you from potential litigation and compensation payouts. If you need assistance with getting any part of your workplace health and safety programme in place then you can speak to a Barclay safety consultant today.
Barclay Safety Solutions
Are you looking for assistance with safety in your workplace? Here at Barclay Safety Solutions, we focus on providing world-class safety solutions. We believe every business has the right to access the best information and services so they can genuinely care for their peoples’ safety, well-being and proactively work towards predicting incidents and ultimately prevent fatalities.
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