Here's a list of 10 things every supervisor should be aware of when it comes to the safety of those under their care.
1. Unsafe Conditions
- Keep a vigilant eye open for unsafe conditions or potential hazards.
- We could all use some help
- You have a lot of responsibility and can use as many eyes as possible. Be sure to ask your employees to report safety concerns they may have
- On that note be sure to really listen and take their concerns at least as seriously as they do if not more
. Proper Procedures
Be sure to properly train employees on procedures
Beyond this it is important to remind employees of proper procedures on a regular basis
Observe actual work processes and correct if wrong
Consider making breaks mandatory. A resting period can be important for best quality of work and safety.
- Consistent and prominent signage can be a game changer in reminding workers of procedures. This is especially true of high stress situations around fire safety, evacuation, and emergency response protocol.
Provide the necessary PPE for the task at hand and keep it accessible whenever necessary.
It’s a good idea to give access to PPE directly next to the place it will be used for ease of access.
Provide proper training around mechanical aids.
Be sure mechanical aids are used as often as possible to reduce physical strain.
This reduces fatigue and change of injury
Be sure your workers know the extreme danger and risk around working while intoxicated.
This seems obvious but is associated with a massive amount of workplace accidents.
8. Area marking
Whether you decide to use tape, paint, handrails, fences, curbs, pylons or flags
The areas should be clearly marked to ensure that people stay where they need to be
Require specific PPE within certain areas
Be sure not to break these rules whatever your position may be in the company. Compliance should be led by example.
9. Provide a wash up station
- Installing a sink with shop towels can be an important part of any worksite especially when dealing with flammable or otherwise dangerous materials and substances
10. Don’t dismiss any injury
- Any injury, no matter the size, can lead to further health and safety risks.
- Take the time to provide proper support or aid
- Encourage workers to report any injury or even near incidents in order to help prev ent further complications.