Although the responsibility of safety belongs to everyone, it is up to employers to promote a safe working environment. Here are a few ways for companies to develop a culture of safety in which to endorse and encourage workplace safety:
Train and educate employees on safety topics (such as workers’ rights and responsibilities, safe work procedures, company policies, etc.) to get them involved in workplace wellness, and to promote a team approach to safety.
Ensure that managers receive supervisor-specific training. Engage supervisors to assist in the promotion of health and safety, and adherence to policies in the workplace.
Provide Clear Expectations
Provide clear job descriptions and role expectations for each company employee, supervisor, and member of management. Be sure to include expectations regarding safety and policies ensuring every member of your team is clear on what is expected from them in terms of responsibilities, required tasks, and job entailment.
Hold Safety Meetings
Conducting regular safety meetings ensures that workplace safety remains a priority within your company. Use these meetings as a way to reward positive safety behaviour, address risks, and discuss safety topics relevant to current projects.
Ensure that all equipment is in good working condition (as well as all necessary guards are in place), and is set for safe use. Use and enforce lock-out/tag-out procedures.
Post relevant signs, safety meeting minutes, posters, and other documents/media to encourage employee awareness of and engagement in workplace safety.
Endorse the concept of safety by rewarding positive behaviour. Use small tokens of appreciation (certificates, gift cards, free employee lunch) to promote behaviours such as safe working procedures, adherence to policies, and safety participation.