Promoting Workplace Safety

Hands-on training is vital to building strong safety habits.

It’s vital that you work to keep your business as safe as possible for your team members, and ensuring your team hits the safety mark is crucial to keeping your business alive and flourishing. After all, your team members are more than the people who keep your business moving, they’re almost family to you. Safety glasses are a key component to workplace safety, and you regularly educate your team on safety compliances, but you want your team to want to be on point with safety regulations. Here are some tried and true tips to get your team members onboard with safety!

Workplace Safety Tip #5: Safety starts at the top down. Management must commit to the same safety regulations that their teams are held to, such as wearing hard hats, safety glasses, and safety gloves. This shows solidarity in the workplace and also makes upper management more approachable.

Workplace Safety Tip #4: Establish company pride. We all want to be able to say that we love our jobs, and if we hold a job we love, we want to excel at it and follow regulations. You know the old saying: treat employees with respect, and they’ll respect you. Hold company outings to bond team members and managers together; give your employees free t-shirts with your company’s logo on them; and imprint custom safety glasses with your company’s logo.

Workplace Safety Tip #3: Create a safety involvement team. Safety rules need to be created by both upper management and employees. A safety involvement team should feature members of both parties, and can meet once per month to review current safety procedures and safety goals.

Workplace Safety Tip #2: Hands-on training works, not handouts. We know you’re going to have flyers on the walls promoting workplace safety, but that’s only one sliver of the workplace safety pie. Hold monthly trainings for all team members ““ including management ““ on all of the safety regulations, even ones as simple as ensuring safety glasses fit correctly.

Workplace Safety Tip #1: Reinforce positive safety behavior. We all want that proverbial “pat on the back”, and it goes for workplace safety, too. The safety involvement team you put together in tip #3 should be on the lookout for several individuals each month who go above and beyond when it comes to following workplace safety and encouraging others to do the same. Give out monthly safety awards in the form of a certificate and gift card or paid time off.

You want your business to succeed, and your team members are so dedicated to helping you do just that. Help educate them on the why’s and how’s behind workplace safety, and commit yourself to following the same safety regulations that they are. From always wearing safety glasses to ensuring those hard hats and aprons are on, you’ll be promoting a safe work environment ““ together.