When renting or buying a property, what do you look for?
We all expect basic safety features, right? A sturdy front door, at least. Fire fighting equipment is a standard with extinguishers and smoke alarms. The presence of mould? Blocked pipes? The list goes on and on. But you wouldn’t sign any agreements if any of these were missing, would you? So why is it any different in the workplace?
Basic safety must always be adhered to, especially in a warehouse.
Yet in 2015, safety figures across England are still appalling. Companies still have the culture of passing the safety buck. Wake up, people! Safety is everyone’s concern.
Your pay packet doesn’t determine how much risk you are exposed to; accidents can happen to anyone, anytime. You may not need socket protectors at work (except on bring-your-kid-to-work days), but by sticking to these five principles, businesses can improve safety at work:
1. Be Constantly Sleuthing.
As workplace conditions are constantly changing, everyone i.e. managers and all workers, must be on the lookout for developing hazards. Supervisors shouldn’t take a lack of reporting as a sign that everything is safe. They need to be out on the shop floor, looking for themselves.
By using a check-list tailored to the company and making the walk-through a daily affair, they can catch any potential hazards before it develops. On the walk-through, employees also need to be monitored for safe working practices. They need to use designated PPE and following recommended safety procedures. Careless employees can be a potential hazard, so be on the lookout for risky behaviour.
2. Ensure training is ingrained among staff.
Training must be a staple for both new and old employees alike. Compulsory weekly safety meetings must be seen as a learning opportunity rather than another boring 20minutes with Ted, the safety manager.
Remember that rules get broken or ignored when people get careless and lose concentration or when they don’t understand the reasons for those rules in the first place. Use these meetings to stress the importance of following safety procedures
3. Constantly analyse jobs for safety concerns.
The floor supervisor must have an idea of how to do each job in the department. This allows them analyse and spot hazards, as an employee and as a supervisor. In some roles, the hazard created is a by-product of doing the job. Encourage staff to practise safe house-keeping.
When hazards are spotted, a risk evaluation should be undergone to answer these questions: ”Can I get rid of the hazard altogether?”, and “how can I control the risks so that harm is unlikely?”
4. Reward safe behaviour.
Approval and recognition is often more appreciated than cash rewards. Maintaining an open-door policy to allow employees drop in with suggestions will help boost employee productivity and motivation. Use their suggestions to create a supportive and appealing work environment.
5. First aid training.
How many workplaces around Britain have empty first aid boxes? Or few members of staff that are trained to administer first-aid? If your firm of 500 staff has only two first-aid trained staff, those figures need to be addressed. The more first aid trained staff you have on ground, the better your chances of saving lives in the event of an accident.
Even a short three hour course can teach staff how to manage an emergency situation, deal with a bleeding casualty, and treating an unconscious casualty. Look up training opportunities in your area; ambulance services or local hospitals can offer a short course.
Finding and controlling risks in the workplace, before they become full-blown hazards should be a no-brainer. All employees must be on board regarding safety as one person’s actions can have an effect on the safety of everyone else.
An industry leaders in roller shutter supply, SRL Limited encourages businesses to look after the well-being of their staff by implementing a strong safety ethic.