You may not think much about safety, especially in an office environment. Most people assume safety protocol is important for warehouse or industrial spaces. While that is certainly true, safety should be a priority for every business and every department. How do you reinforce safety for your entire organization?
It’s critical you create a culture around safety that will improve the overall experience for everyone. Here are some of the best ways to make workplace safety part of your company culture.
Establish, Communicate, and Demonstrate
Companies are often good at establishing and communicating safety procedures, but demonstration slips through the cracks. Just because it’s in the employee handbook and your team has been trained doesn’t mean they’ll follow the rules when circumstances arise. Management needs to follow the company’s safety policies on the job at all times. Employees learn best by example.
Develop Goals and Objectives
Once your employees know and understand the safety policies that are regularly enforced, your company should provide goals and objectives to be reached. This allows everyone on the team to have buy in and contribute directly to the success of the company and the culture of in the office.
Provide the Necessary Tools
However, if you establish safety culture without providing the right tools, the entire mission will remain ineffective. This can take a variety of forms including money, equipment, materials, and training. Your company’s hiring process should also provide a safety orientation for every new hire. A good leader can help their staff through active participation in and support of any safety activities.
Look Beyond the Bare Minimum
Many companies will design their safety program based only on the essential minimum requirements. These can include worker’s compensation insurance requirements, as well as OSHA safety in the workplace initiatives. But you may want to take other safety consideration to augment your existing safety programs. You may want to look into additional benefits programs and non-occupational considerations for each of your employees.
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