The benefits of getting employees and management behind a strong safety plan and the most effective methods of developing a strong safety culture.
“If the owner or manager does not show an interest in preventing employee injury and illness, then the employees will probably not give it much thought either” (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program).
This is one of the main reasons why employees often do not follow the recommended health and safety rules and regulations themselves. Management and employees should both be part of developing a strong safety culture through an effective safety plan. There are successful ways of getting them both involved. One way is making everyone feel like they have an input into changes made in order to create a safer workplace.
Some of the overall benefits of an overall stronger safety plan include:
- Reduction in costs and safety risks
- Lower absence rate
- Increase in productivity
- Better reputation formed amongst suppliers and clients
This eBook focuses on more detailed information which looks at:
- The most effective ways of getting employees involved in a strong safety plan.
Employees should always feel as if they have the ability to discuss any issues that they may have noticed, with someone who will listen to any questions or advice that they have to give. Perhaps, they have noticed another worker behaving unsafely or are not sure whether some of their own actions are unsafe. General training should be provided for every new worker, while job-specific safety training is also vital before work begins.
2. The most effective ways of getting managers involved in a strong safety plan.
All levels of management should be involved, following all of the health and safety requirements themselves. Forming an Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner who is at a senior level can be someone effective who employees and management may see as a mentor.