Remember, a safety program is an ongoing process. No matter how solid your current safety program may be, there’s always room for improvement. Don’t wait until there’s an accident before you make changes and improvements to your current system. Utilize this list as a guideline to develop an effective and efficient workplace safety program that will continue to enhance your company’s overall health and welfare.
Your company’s commitment to workplace safety is the first step. Company leadership must demonstrate that it values its employees and takes the responsibility of workplace safety seriously. They can do this by setting an example that others are expected to follow.
Make a list of subjects you want to include in your program, including topics such as employee recognition, the benefits of using personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to do it properly, and what role each employee should play in maintaining a safe environment.
One of the first things we need to do to develop an effective workplace safety program is to assess the risks and hazards in your workplace through safety software. What are some of the dangers employees might face? Even if a risk or hazard has been reported and addressed, you still need to confirm that appropriate controls are in place to ensure workers are not exposed to the same danger.
The third step you need to take in order to develop an effective workplace safety program is to create a written protocol for employees. This involves creating a document that outlines all of the different hazards inherent to your business and how to avoid or mitigate them. In addition, you will want to discuss the use of personal protective equipment and how it is best utilized.
It’s important for employers to not just let their workplace safety programs become a thing of the past. Instead, you need to ensure that your employees are properly educated on the potential dangers within your workspace and other relevant topics.
For example, if you have a larger company then the safety policies that were likely put in place when the company was created may now be out of date with current legislation, machinery or processes. Ensure they’re up-to-date and that employees are aware of any changes to keep themselves and others safe.
The fifth and final step in developing an effective workplace safety program is implementing and evaluating. Evaluation of your workplace safety program is essential to ensure the program continues to meet compliance requirements. It is also necessary to determine whether your employees take safe work practices seriously. You can perform quarterly evaluations or hold regular in-house audits for your workplace safety program through Process Safety Consultants.