Make some safety resolutions for your company this new year!
Losing some weight, improving personal health, investing more time in the people around you or your hobbies and interests. These are all great goals to make for yourself but what are some things you can work at in your workplace health and safety program?
Here’s a few ideas to consider for your safety resolutions.
Take a new focus on mental health
You can promote mental health is lot of ways. One thing is certain, mental health directly relates to workplace safety. Make sure you are promoting healthy activities and giving your workers enough time to keep stress levels down. Another important way to promote mental health is to discourage ideas that stigmatize mental health issues. A healthy focus on helping anyone who may be struggling is the best way to have a focused team.
Renew your employee certifications
Take the time to review your employee certifications and schedule a re-certification in advance. Keeping on top your team’s H2S, Fall Protection, Confined Space and other certifications is important and it’s also the law. This is all a part of continuing to improve and protect your worker’s safety.
Consider new courses and training
Take a look at the different ways you can improve your safety program through training. There are a number of great courses which can increase the knowledge and understanding of you and your workers or maybe what you need is an improvement in your safety culture. Take a look at the impressive list of courses available online on our site.
Get everyone involved together
A top down approach can be very effective. Getting everyone to take safety seriously has to start at the top. If workers take their safety seriously but are brushed off by their bosses then it is impossible for safety to really flourish.
Test your alarms, update your equipment
Have your JHSC involved in an inspection and update of your equipment and emergency supplies. Make sure your fire extinguishers and alarms are up to date; Check the inspection dates on all rigging equipment; Be sure your first aid kits are fully stocked. Be give it a thorough inspection and use this as an opportunity to educate your JHSC on regulations surrounding the equipment on site.
Revisit your schedule for testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and other equipment that requires regular inspection.
Make a 2019 mantra for your workplace
Re-brand your safety program with an updated slogan and vision to refresh your vision for the year. This is a simple and effective way to remind workers of your safety ideals as well show them you are actively thinking and improving the program.
Create an anonymous system for reporting safety concerns
Consider making it easy for workers to report safety issues anonymously. As long as it is emphasized that the system is not to be abused, having a system in place which allows them to raise flags without attaching their name to it can make it easier for safety concerns to be reported without being worried about any repercussions. It can also be good when addressing these concerns to leave names out of the report. If your concern is with someone specific be sure to address it in a private and safe setting.
REVIEW the last year and REVISE your program
Take a look at your operations in 2018 and be sure to identify both the problems and the positives. Point out the solutions that you have implemented and list the solutions to potential issues to be scheduled during 2019.
2019 is coming up safety
Make this year an important year for great strides in your workplace safety and remember there is always room for improvement.
Onsite Safety Management is here to support all your safety goals. Happy new year from our team to yours.