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What are the signs that your workplace is a safe place for employees? Of course, picking only three means the signs will be very broad, and very general – but that also means that these signs will applicable to almost any workplace, doing any kind of work. From construction sites to offices, here are three key signs that your workplace is also a safe place.
1. Safety is paramount
Safe workplaces are constantly thinking of safety. It’s not something that’s done once a week, once a month, or once a year, when you run that occasional fire drill or check on the first-aid kits. It’s a state of mind, where the staff are constantly working safely, and treating safety with the same level of seriousness as the work itself.
Workers know the safe practices, and incorporate them. They know how to lift heavy boxes, how to operate the machinery, how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to look out for fellow workers who may be faced with unsafe situations. And, just as importantly, they know what to do in the event of an accident, or when faced by an unsafe situation – where the alarms and emergency shut-offs are, what to do if someone has suffered an accident, who to call, what to report.
Management themselves, also have a role to play – make sure to hire suitably-qualified staff, and offering training and guidance in safe workplace procedures, and keep up-to-date with them – it’s worth checking out professional safety companies like DRA Safety Specialists, and perhaps setting up automated emails to keep your company abreast of the latest safety issues.
2. The workplace itself is safe
The people are one half of the equation. The workplace is the other half. There are guardrails, emergency equipment, and work equipment that’s safe and maintained. An unsafe workplace leads to unsafe work, just as sure as unsafe workers lead to unsafe work.
Are guardrails in place around machinery? Is the photocopier tested and tagged? Is there plenty of safety-related signage around? Do you have enough first-aid kits and fire extinguishers – and are they stocked and checked? Is there non-slip flooring?
It’s a symbiotic relationship – the workers have the responsibility to keep the workplace safe, and the workplace has the responsibility to keep the workers safe. The best way to prevent people from creating unsafe situations is to have an environment that doesn’t foster unsafe situations in the first place.
3. There are few, if any, workplace accidents and safety issues
This is the sum total of the above two points – this is the payoff for all the work. A staff that keeps safety always in mind, and a workplace that is safe, results in safe work. It might seem painful to spend all that money on equipment, and all that time on training and safety meetings, without seeing any visible results other than the workplace doing the work it’s supposed to be doing. But that’s the whole point – to take the time and money so accidents don’t happen. Work isn’t interrupted, insurance costs aren’t raised, and workers or equipment aren’t lost.
Those are the top three. Simple in essence, but applicable to any workplace you might find yourself in. There’s many, many more, which will get more specific to certain workplaces – so get thinking about safety, and come up with your own checklist tailored to your space and industry.
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