March 22, 2020

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How to improve safety

Safety issues are found everywhere, but the importance of safety is high in industries like construction, transportation, and manufacturing. Safety risks sometimes have nothing to do with the physical nature of the work because even schools, offices, and retail outlets have their unique types of hazards. The international labour organisation has published a report about workplace accidents, which shows that 317 million non-fatal occupational accidents take place every year, and 321, 000 deaths occur from occupational accidents. 

An unsafe work environment and potential risks can affect the productivity and health of workers. To avoid such accidents, workplace safety is very important, and safety precautions should be followed by employees. Safety measures are beneficial for both employees and employers. The well-being and safety of workers should be enough reason to take precautions and establish safety measures, but improving safety provides the business benefits as well, and it is necessary for the overall progress of the industry. This article discusses some efficient ways to improve safety. Some of these include the following:

Train the staff

The best way to eliminate the risk of accidents and injuries is to educate employees about safety and give them clear training surrounding safety measures. Regardless of the level of expertise or experience, your employees still need proper training to promote a safe environment within the work premises. Workers should undergo extensive training to understand the complexity of each aspect of the workplace. Comprehensive safety training is necessary to prevent workers from injury. For example, dangerous goods training is essential when workers handle dangerous products or chemicals.

Create a safety culture 

Promoting the safety culture demonstrates how seriously an organisation regards safety at work. The best way to create an effective safety culture is to clarify the safety responsibilities of employees and explain your safety outline as well, so they can encompass the goals and policies of your company safety culture. Keep on advancing your safety policies according to the need for them. Emphasise accountability to uphold the safety measures to make sure everyone follows them.

Admire safe behaviour

Rewarding employees for their safe behaviour motivates them to follow proper safety guidelines. The reward keeps the employees interested in the safety process, and they accept the rules, rather than considering it an extra practice or aspect of their job. The reward has a positive impact on the psychology of employees, and they will use safety measures willingly. 

Use labels and signs

Labels and signs are an inexpensive and concise way to improve safety because it provides quick information about safety cautions and danger. Almost everyone is aware of the meaning and purpose of each signboard and label. These labels and boards use different images, colours, and signs that inform people about the danger and hazards. 

Investigate the reason for any incident

The biggest hurdle in the way of improving safety is if we do not go deep into an investigation to find out the reason for the accident and instead ignore the aspects which contribute to it. In this circumstance, the safety of the workplace cannot be improved. To improve safety, it is important to find the reason for the incident and create safety policies accordingly to eliminate the risk of a similar incident in the future. First aid training should be provided for leaders on site.

Use safety equipment 

Safety equipment plays an essential role in any workplace. According to the nature of the job and tasks, employees should use proper safety wear like helmets, gloves, protective glasses, shoes, and more. This equipment protects employees from injuries because working in manufacturing and construction sites is always full of risks, accidents and injuries. This can cause severe damage and even death for individuals at the worksite. It is the responsibility of management to provide workers with proper protective equipment for the preservation of their safety.