Promoting a culture of safety in the workplace.
To run a company comes with several responsibilities than before. No matter how big, or small the company is, and it seems to be never-ending.
It has never been easy for the management in the day-to-day running of the business since they have to take care of budgeting, procurements, human resources together with the profit side of the business.
These immense responsibilities with that of running the business often have a conflicting interest in the overall workplace safety, and most times workplace safety is taken for granted.
However, this is not a good thing, and it should not be allowed to be happening. It is essential to put safety first and implement effective workplace safety programs to keep everyone safe in the workplace, free from hazards and injury.
The employer has the primary goal of promoting a safe working environment for all employees, visitors, subcontractors, and everyone who their work activities may affect.
The work environment should give employees the room to prosper and to grow in their respective positions and jobs. Often, they neglect the goal due to production at hand and targets to meet.
However, In other for business to grow, a basic safety plan should be in place which will cater to workers overall well-being.
A basic safety plan on how to promote a culture of safety should have the following ingredients.
1. A basic safety plan should have regular work breaks.
It is always good to have a regular work break while you are working.
Maybe for some minutes. It helps to keep the production alive but sometimes some workers may tend to abuse it.
However, people have the mindset that taking breaks during work declines efficiency but, this is just not true. Acknowledging for work breaks keeps the workplace fired, improves morale, and boosts productivity in the long run.
2. Place a Focus on the ergonomics of the work.
Employees who do repetition in their work. And those who work in static positions are prone to ergonomic hazards.
This ergonomic hazard can lead to severe injuries. Work Supervisors must assess and evaluate the work with regards to risk and hazards it poses frequently. Workers have to change positions regularly as well.
3. Ensure there is a proper use of equipment and tools.
During the workday, workers alter equipment and tools when performing work activities. These modifications alter the safety measures in equipment such as the removal of guards. But, we ought not to be encouraging it.
Inform workers on how to operate equipment and tools safely regularly through information, instruction, training and educational opportunities.
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Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.