In any industrial business setting, it's absolutely vital for the organization and everyone within it to make sure safety is top of mind in everything they do. Not only is there a legal and moral obligation to ensure workers have what they need to avoid a workplace accident, it's also critical for your company's efficiency. Consequently, you should do all you can to uphold a strong culture of manufacturing safety.
How do you do that? Read on to find out:
1) It starts at the top
First and foremost, managers and executives should make sure they are expressing the importance of safety to all other employees, in both word and deed, according to Polytron. You cannot reasonably expect your employees to buy into the effort if the company's supposed leaders have a blithe attitude toward this issue, and proper efforts to uphold that proper safety posture can take multiple forms. From regular reminders on the shop floor to a comprehensive training program, companies should leave no stone unturned in their quest for a perfect safety record.
2) Make PPE a must
Along similar lines, companies shouldn't preach the importance of safety but then turn around and fail to offer high-quality PPE for everyone working under their roof, according to Connecteam. Workers should not only be encouraged to put on safety gear for every second they're on the job, they should also know that they are encouraged to examine the equipment they have to make sure it is truly up to the task of protecting them. If not, there should be plenty of extra pieces of new equipment that will serve as an ideal replacement right away.
3) Always understand your biggest risks
As your company grows and changes over the years, you should make sure your safety plan is properly prepared to help workers avoid risks that stem from your organizational evolution, according to KPA. That means it's critical to conduct regular safety audits — even when you haven't had an incident in months or more — so you fully understand the potential hazards your employees may face, and are taking steps to address them.
4) Never rest on your laurels
Finally, you must always strive to ensure that your safety record remains as close to perfect as possible, KPA added. This means not only regular risk assessments, but also working to make sure your workers are upholding the standards you've set, and that those standards are enough to keep everyone protected. If there's even one area where you slip, you may create an unnecessarily dangerous work setting and, in doing so, open your workers up to risk and your organization to liability. There is no such thing as "set it and forget it" when it comes to manufacturing safety, and you must take steps at every level of your company to ensure that attitude never creeps into your processes.