Why are we starting this ongoing safety blog series about “Awareness”? Because safety awareness is the first step to implementing a strong safety program that can reduce the risk of an employee or customer injury. That’s because, before you can implement a safety procedure, you must first be aware that the hazard exists.
I encourage you to do an internal assessment of your business to determine if you support a strong safety culture. Here are 5 Questions to Ask Yourself (or your management team) to Measure the Strength of Your Safety Culture:
- Do employees follow the safety program on their own or do they need constant reminders?
- Do employees understand the importance of the safety procedures?
- Do employees advocate for safety protocols if a new hazard is identified?
- Do employees make a concerted effort to ensure the facility is safe for customers?
- Do employees report accidents or faulty equipment promptly (and is it addressed promptly)?
Based on your answers, it may reinforce that you already have a strong safety culture, or it may identify some potential gaps and areas of opportunity.
Safety Awareness is also a mindset, and it shouldn’t start and end with you or your safety manager. It is important that all employees in your organization are Safety Aware and buy in to the importance of having a strong safety culture.
Here are 3 ways you can support Safety Awareness at your business:
- Include Safety Topics During Morning Huddles
- Develop Safety Checklists for your personnel for their work areas and review them with your staff to ensure they understand their importance (you can read more on safety checklists here)
- Develop a reward system for identification of new or better safety protocols.
Of course, the next step after Awareness is Execution (for a later blog) to help reduce the identified risk. Once again, Safety Awareness is a mindset and is the first building block to establishing a strong Safety Culture. For safety tips on a specific exposure, I invite you to explore our other blog entries which discuss a wide range of safety, insurance and risk management topics.
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