Workplace accidents cost your small business money and resources. Many accidents are preventable, but you need your employees on board to follow the safety guidelines and policies you establish. If they don’t follow those procedures when you’re not around, the chances of an accident aren’t really any lower. Use these steps to get your employees on board.
Make a Policy
The first step is to analyze potentials for injury in your small business. The risks vary significantly. Accidents in a small office setting are less likely than injuries in a warehouse where employees are using machinery. Write a general accident prevention policy that addresses potential concerns for your company.
Go even further by creating safety-minded procedures for all of the major processes at work. For machinery in a warehouse, that might include inspecting the equipment before each shift starts, wearing proper safety gear, using safe settings on the machinery and staying alert during the entire shift.
With written policies and procedures in place, it’s time to train your employees on your safety expectations. Training gives you a chances to demonstrate safe operations of the different equipment in your small business. It also allows you to emphasize the importance of training and explain the potential risks for not following the safety guidelines. Show employees how much an injury costs the company in workman’s comp, lost hours for the employee who gets hurt and repair of any damage caused by the accident.
Train all employees on safety procedures at least once per year. Hold additional training sessions if you get any new equipment or if the safety procedures in the workplace change. All new employees should receive safety training before working with any potentially dangerous equipment or materials.
Your active involvement in your small business is key to keeping employees on track. If you’re never around or stay in your office all day, the employees don’t feel that you’re really worried about what happens. You can also miss some major infractions when it comes to safety issues. Walk through the workplace at least once per day so you can see how the employees work. If you notice any safety violations, address them immediately.
Your supervisors and managers also play a key role in creating a safe work environment. Stress to them how important it is that all safety procedures be followed every day. Since they are in the work areas all day long, the supervisors are primarily responsible for enforcing safety procedures.