Workplace safety remains as important a task in 2013 as it has any other year. Unlike other workplace tasks, ensuring a safe work environment is something managers must constantly work on. Ensuring your work environment is safe for you and your employees doesn’t have to be a lengthy task, either. There are small adjustments like providing safety goggles, wearing the appropriate clothing and other simple measures you can take that will help beef up your workplace for you and your employees.
2013 Safety Trends
As you look to improve safety at your work site this year, it helps to know the trends to pay attention to. EHS Today, the leading publication on workplace safety, reports five trends safety managers should keep in mind. First, managers will need to address growing workloads for employees contending with ongoing staff reductions. Tackling this challenge requires creating a culture of safety in the workplace and attracting the attention of C-level managers. Everyone has to have safety as a top priority, even executives.
Another key trend for safety managers will be managing worker safety across borders. The business world still remains a global endeavor. Worker safety across sites, in multiple countries can cause challenges as managers work to address differences in regulations, cultures and safety equipment in various sites.
Finally, safety managers will need to pay sharp attention to selecting sources for their safety information. Social media, professional associations and government sources can provide important information and connections, but safety managers should know how to leverage each source wisely.
Workplace Safety Tips
Keeping these trends in mind, here are five workplace safety tips to employ in 2013.
- Audit your personal protection equipment. An increased workload means workers juggle more tasks during a typical day. Examine your current PE including safety goggles, hearing protection and fall protection equipment to make sure you have the top-notch equipment utilizing the latest technologies.
- Hold daily toolbox talks. Safety managers can start each day leading, or having an employee lead, a short demonstration on a new safety procedure, updated equipment or the latest regulations.
- Start a buddy system. If you haven’t already, institute a buddy system for daily PPE checks. This measure helps put worker safety into workers’ hands, bringing everyone into the culture of safety.
- Utilize the power of social media. Social media has revolutionized nearly every industry, including workplace safety. Use social media to connect with other workplace safety professionals, join discussion groups or seek advice to complex issues.
- Sing your praises. You can attract upper level management attention by touting your own accomplishments, safety programs and workplace initiatives. Tie worker safety to the bottom line to emphasize the importance of your safety efforts.
Workplace safety will remain a top priority well into the future. It’s the job that is never done.
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