5 Steps to Improving Workplace Health and Safety Awareness
Posted by Tracy Seward
Increasing health and safety awareness will result in direct improvements to workplace safety standards. Here at Praxis42, we always push for health and safety awareness so we understand that employees and employers have various obligations to maintain the highest possible safety standards in the workplace, good health and safety policies will include the following strategies:
#1 Employee Training
Effective awareness starts with comprehensive training. Employees should have access to induction and refresher training to ensure that they are aware of the risks associated with their work and are familiar with safety procedures and practices. eLearning is a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver training which can improve safety standards and reduce the likelihood of workplace injury.
A great way to encourage safety at work is to implement a rewards system. Distributing small rewards to employees who follow safety policies keeps them motivated and engaged which can make a huge difference in maintaining awareness. Recognising a clean safety record or rewarding employees for exemplary safety standards can also help to boost motivation and promote a safety culture.
#3 Labels and Signs
An inexpensive and effective way to quickly communicate important information. Signs and labels can be used to alert employees to hazards, instruct them to take some form of action such as wearing Personal Protective Equipment or refraining from certain behaviours that could cause a risk to themselves or others. Signs and labels can be excellent reminders even to the most experienced members of staff.
Employers should ensure that employees have the right tools to carry out their work and the equipment they use is safe. Regular inspections of equipment will create a safer working environment. It is also important that equipment is regularly inspected, serviced and cleaned because malfunctioning equipment can be one of the most serious hazards in the workplace.
#5 The Right Protocols
Good health and safety awareness begin from day one which means recruiting people who are both qualified and who work with meticulous attention to detail. A safe workplace begins when employees follow their safety obligations and carry out their work in line with established procedures. To ensure that employees can handle their tasks safely they should be adequately trained, and eLearning is an excellent way to achieve this both for new recruits and experienced members of the team.
There are many ways to improve health and safety in the workplace and one of the most important is to raise awareness and establish a safety culture that everyone is aware of and committed to. The benefits of good health and safety practices should never be underestimated.
Contact us today to see how we can help improve your health and safety awareness, whether it be through courses or risk assessments. We’ll ensure that your workplace, your employees and customers are as safe as they can be!