The best safety programs are straightforward and easy-to-follow. By communicating your philosophy toward safety, involving your employees and setting clear boundaries, you will find that not only is your workplace safer, it is also more productive. These steps will give you the fundamentals for starting an effective and sustainable safety program:
- Write a company policy statement. If you are committed to a safe workplace, you must say so. By writing and sharing the policy, you let your employees know that safety is a priority. It doesn't have to be long, but it must clearly state your company's stance.
- Involve your employees. Involve your employees in identifying and resolving safety problems. Their ownership will build safety across your company and make it more sustainable.
- Create a hazard prevention plan. First, decide what your potential safety hazards are. Look at what injuries have happened. Second, it's time to make a plan to control each one:
- Name the hazard
- Describe a change to be implemented
- Determine who is responsible for correcting the risk
- Set a deadline for completion
- Provide funds (if necessary)
- Take notes at safety meetings
- Keep notes of weekly safety talks
- Record all inspections and audits
- Document regular maintenance
- Maintain OSHA 300 form, which will also help track any accident trends
- Note all safety training activities
- Document all aspects of on-the-job accidents
Check out MEMIC's Safety Director for access to sample safety programs, hazard prevention plans, checklists, and more to assist you in making your workplace safe.