Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Category: OSHA and Safety
OSHA is designed to take care of workplace health and safety. They serve to provide regulations and mandates that can make workplaces much better environments for all employees that are involved. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a way to make your factory safer or if you need guidelines for safety in a restaurant, because OSHA mandates it all. Some industries, of course, also have the aid of the health department on their side for health and safety purposes, but OSHA is the one that is responsible for most of the regulation of the various industries. Here are three tips for promoting safe and healthy workplaces no matter what industry you work in.
1. Never settle for so-so. Train all employees on excellence-based standards of OSHA compliance and workplace safety. Make sure that everyone is aware of the importance of these issues, and then reward people for doing well. When employees feel appreciated, they are much more likely to do their part in the workplace.
2. Don’t create unnecessarily dangerous situations. If something seems to dangerous, keep your employees away from it. If a new process or product is too dangerous or high risk to work with, focus on quality improvement processes that can take the danger down to a minimal level when working with these new things. Do everything that you can to avoid creating an unsafe environment.
3. Give employees responsibilities. If you have someone doing exceptionally well in a department, make them a safety manager. It will alleviate stress from your job duties and allow them to perform a useful function by coordinating training efforts and taking care that new employees are all adequately trained for their positions.
With these things in mind, workplace safety can be a much easier task to handle. Try to get creative and make it fun, but not so fun that you lose sight of the goal. People want to work in a comfortable and protected environment, so give them that. If the employees feel like they are valued, their productivity and attendance rates will be higher, because they will care about a job when it cares about them. OSHA takes care of so many violations and injury reports every year, and your goal should be to save them the trouble of dealing with your company by eliminating or minimizing the number of injuries on the job through proper workplace safety training.