Safety in the workplace is a critical focus for companies of all sizes. While most companies and businesses provide stand-up or shift talks that have a safety element, it can be difficult to address all issues as a company focus.
One way to do this is to create a safety recognition program encouraging a safe environment so that people go home every night injury-free.
Think About the Message
It is vital to have a focused method to kick-off your program and to use it to remind your managers and employees of the safety program. The message can be something simple like “Safety Is A Priority” or “Come Home Safe Today,” and it should be included in advertising, posters, email blasts, and during regular conversations.
Consider starting out the campaign with the message in some form for everyone to keep it front and center. Stickers for hard hats, T-shirts for employees, caps with the message, or other types of items are a great start.
Start out the program by having the company leaders talk about the benefits of safety, and keep this up on an ongoing basis. These leaders are not just the company managers, but the people the employees look up to as mentors or key people in the business. Make this a safety-focused meeting and create a buzz around the event. Have coffee and donuts, or make it a hamburger kick-off to get employees talking.
Plan Regular Training Around Safety Topics
Structuring regular training that includes safety as a primary focus and not just an add-on at the end reinforces the importance of the topic. Consider bringing in guest speakers and make the training fun and also practical. Industry experts not only provide information on safety and best practices, but they are also respected and can relate to the day to day challenges employees may face in their job.
Tapping into online webinars and discussion activities can also be a great way to provide training. Creating a team goal rather than individual rewards is the best practice in the long run since a safe working environment is a productive one.