When it comes to maintaining and improving workplace safety, industry leaders stress that it’s crucial for employers to create a team approach in which a company’s directors, middle management and all other employees work together to:
- Establish indicators of safety (or the lack thereof)
- Measure how well the company is matching up to safety indicators
- Analyze what changes need to be made to improve the company’s safety rating.
By involving all employees in the effort to create and maintain a culture of workplace safety, employers can foster a sense of community, give employees a sense of ownership over establishing a safer workplace, being to break down barriers to safety and ultimately increase each employee’s sense of pride and responsibility when it comes to workplace safety.
Setting Up an Effective Workplace Safety Evaluation System
While these endgame goals can ultimately increase productivity in the workplace, employers will have to do some work in order to set up a system that can effectively evaluate how well a workplace safety program is working. Some of the elements that go into developing an effective workplace safety program include (but are not limited to):
- Developing performance expectations for employees at every level of the organization
- Setting interim goals that will help employees achieve the performance expectation
- Measuring the results of an employee’s efforts versus the goals and expectations set
- Assessing how well an employee performed
- Evaluating what else needs to be done to improve performance
- Designing new goals based on newly identified needs and changing workplace conditions.
Although such cutting-edge ideas about workplace safety and the evaluation thereof have helped some businesses make great strides in reducing the incidence of workplace accidents and injuries, unfortunately, many other employers are still behind the proverbial 8 ball in this field, which means that their employees have a greater risk of being involved in workplace accidents and sustaining injuries on the job.
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