[aa_subtitle_display]As a business owner, you are responsible for the health and safety of your employees. These people contribute to making your company successful, and we recognize that you want them to be as safe as possible in order to reduce your own liability and keep them happy and secure.
To do so, we have compiled a list of best practices to make certain that the proper level of security is felt in the day-to-day life of your office culture.
Review your surroundings
The first way to ensure safety in the workplace is to be aware of your surroundings. Simply being cognizant of the potential hazards around you can help prevent unwanted accidents. Be sure to keep anything possibly harmful top of mind while going through the work day in order to stay safe – remember to always be alert!
If you see something, say something!
Another best practice to preventing accidents on the job is to encourage employees to follow the mantra, if you see something, say something! If there is a perceived vulnerability that you think could lead to harm for yourself or those around you, it is vital to bring it up as soon as possible to someone’s direct manager.
That way, the hazard can be handled accordingly. Managers have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment, so reporting anything you notice allows them to do their job more effectively.
Make it a part of the culture
Creating an open culture where employees feel comfortable sharing concerns or feelings on the safety of their work environment is an effective way for managers to ensure work is a safe place.
Whether this is facilitated through one-on-one check ins, anonymous surveys, or casual conversations, it is vital to let employees know that you care about their day-to-day safety and make it a priority to listen to their observations, complaints, and concerns. It is also helpful to create and advertise an easy-to-use system for employees to report safety hazards as they see them.
Finally, welcoming feedback from employees on how safety training is conducted and how where there is room for improvement also makes them feel more part of the process and open to discussing this important issue.
Conduct job hazard analyses frequently
Conducting frequent job hazard analyses are an important way to stay up-to-date on keeping your workspace safe for employees. The reason that these must be done repeatedly is that the way that jobs are performed as well as equipment have the possibility of changing frequently, which could open up your company to vulnerabilities that are easily preventable.
Partner with the right PEO
Having a PEO is a huge benefit to help promote safety in the workplace. Work with your PEO to receive training on workplace safety or help and guidance building a well-rounded safety program for your office.
Additionally keep in mind that PEOs are there to meet your needs in whatever way works best for the needs of your business.
They offer the flexibility of promoting workplace safety and providing training through many mediums, whether it be through in-person workshops or online training modules.
Given the fact that PEOs have extensive knowledge of OSHA rules and standards, they can conduct comprehensive reviews of what policies and procedures are in place and make suggestions for alterations to meet these regulations.
Understanding the importance of meeting these standards and maintaining a work environment that adheres to the utmost safety laws not only reduces the liability of business owners but will show your employees how much you value them and their service.