So in our last article, we discussed 4 easy ways that you can increase workplace safety without breaking your budget.
The first and most important factor, as we discussed, is hiring the right employees the first time. Being strict during your hiring process will allow you to weed out potentially unsafe or irresponsible employees who could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The second piece of advice we gave is to implement a 0 tolerance drug policy. We know that this will be unpopular with many men in your crew, but it is essential if you want to avoid the possibility of workers operating heavy machinery while intoxicated.
The third was to provide the proper tools and equipment so that your team can safely execute their duties.
And finally, be sure to practice what you preach when it comes to workplace safety.
This week, we are going to dive into a few more pieces of advice to keep your people safe and keep your bottom line protected.
1. Keep it Clean
No I don’t mean to keep your language PG or the workplace jokes PG-13 (although that’s not a bad idea either), I mean that you need to keep your actual workplace as clean as possible.
A dirty and unorganized workplace is a breeding ground for potentially dangerous tools and materials to get lost and end up hurting someone.
Keep your workplace as organized as possible and hold your employees to very strict standards when it comes to keeping your storage spaces clean and well kept.
Again, it won’t make you popular, but it will keep you safe.
2. Constantly Strive to Improve
One of the most important parts of increasing workplace safety is to be proactive in finding new ways to keep your employees safe that don’t cost a dime.
If you notice something at the workspace that doesn’t technically violate code but that you believe shouldn’t be done, then make note of it.
If you think that you could easily improve safety with a policy, then implement it.
Just because it isn’t violating code doesn’t mean you can’t do it safer.
3. Be intentional with rewards
One of the biggest mistakes that employers make is that they reward the wrong behaviors.
While you certainly want to reward efficiency and a job well done, you do not want to do so at the expense of safety.
If you have two teams working on similar projects and one team does the job in half the time and under budget but breaks safety protocols to do so and the other team follows the guidelines but gets the work done late and slightly over budget, then you need to reward the team that was the safest.
While it might not be a fun policy or a particularly cost effective one, I promise you that it’s a better solution than a $50,000 OSHA fine.