A safe company is a successful company! You may not realize it, but safety management is one of the most important components for your success. You will find that a safe, secure workplace is the key to productivity and employee contentment.
But how can you incorporate proper safety management into your daily operations?
1. Define the organization’s risk-management setup
How does your company manage risk? We’re not talking about the risk to the company, but instead risk to the persons of the employees in the company. Risk doesn’t just exist in the warehouse, loading dock, and the manufacturing floor, but there are risks and hazards in every part of the office as well. You need to make it very clear as to how your company manages the risks that it encounters.
2. Identify workplace risk
It’s time to take a walk through your company and office to see if there are any risks or hazards to your employees’ safety and wellbeing. Perhaps the office is poorly illuminated or ventilated, or there is mold in the ceiling. Are the warehouse workers wearing the proper safety gear? Do the shipping and handling crew use precaution when transporting your products? Find any areas in your workplace that could be at risk by:
- Identifying long-term health hazards
- Studying ill-health and accident records
- Obtaining safety information from product manufacturers and manuals
- Studying occupation health and safety websites
- Studying technical standards and legal regulations
3. Implement controls to reduce risk
Once you have identified the areas in your company that are at risk, it’s time to take steps to reduce risk. This may mean shutting down your entire office to fumigate or get rid of mold, or re-organizing company procedures in order to increase safety. Even if it costs your company, it’s worth it to establish these policies and controls to reduce risk.
4. Establish a process for identifying and correcting risks and non-conformities
You have taken steps to reduce and eliminate risks in your company NOW, but how will you handle it in the future? You should implement a process that will enable your employees and leadership to identify both risks and non-conformities to safety standards and regulations, as well as give them power to correct it. This will ensure your continued safety throughout your years of operation.
5. Implement effective communication
It’s vital that your company communicates across all levels of management to ensure that risks are properly controlled and reduced. There should be communications protocols established to ensure that once risks have been identified and steps taken to manage the risk, the proper people are notified and kept in the loop.
6. Ensure improvements are constantly being made
You have accomplished a lot, but you need to make sure that there are people on the lookout for ways to improve more. Not only will this help you correct risk when it is discovered, but it can ensure that you have the way to eliminate risk before it becomes a threat.
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Proper company safety is vital for smooth, productive operation, so it’s important that you take the right steps to identify, correct, and prevent risk at your company!