Do you want to improve your safety practices without making drastic changes or breaking the bank with new safety measures? Making your workplace safer shouldn’t be a huge, stressful process. Rather, businesses should be taking small, daily steps to ensure that the workplace is compliant and safe.
These kinds of small changes are quick and easy to implement, but can have huge knock on effects. We’re sharing with you the best ways to improve your safety practices little by little, so that your organisation becomes safer overall.
Educate Your Team
Okay, so we promised that these steps would be easy and ‘educating your team’ sounds pretty drastic right?! Wrong.
It’s true that training your team can be a huge job, but with an LMS system that empowers your team members to take the lead on their own education, it isn’t a huge task. Encouraging workers to take on daily bite size chunks of training will ensure that everyone keeps on top of their ongoing education.
LMS systems save time and money when educating employees and contractors, and ensure that there is a digital trace of all training completed. This allows both the employer and employee to keep track of what learning has been completed and ensures that they are qualified to take on certain tasks.
By making learning an imperative, you ensure that no one gets left behind or complacent in the workplace.
Be Aware Of Existing Injuries
Whenever someone starts working for your business, it is important that you become aware of their existing injuries. Why? Because you need to ensure that they are not aggravating any pre-existing conditions on your site.
Often, we ask workers to do repetitive movements like lifting, bending or moving in ways that cause stress on the body (and particularly back). If someone has an injury, it will not be appropriate for them to do repetitive tasks on that particular weak spot. It’s important that this is noted and documented to avoid any injuries occurring in the future.
Offer A Digital Incident Reporting Solution
One of the biggest issues with incident reporting is that it simply doesn’t get done. Often, if there is a lot of paperwork to fill in and the injury is perceived as ‘not that bad’, then incident management goes out the window.
This is where digital incident management systems come in very handy. They allow people to access the forms they need to fill in from anywhere, and make the process much more simple and appealing.
Make Visitor Management Sign In A Priority
Visitor Management is crucial to safety on site. Why? Because visitors are probably less aware of the risks and precautions on site so need to be supported. Without effective visitor sign in practices anyone could just walk onto site, injury themselves and hold you accountable.
It is crucial that your business has a system to track visitors at buildings, work sites, and facilities by recording key data and ensuring you are in control of who has access to your premises.
Visitor management systems give you the benefit of:
- Automating access permissions and providing self-service inductions.
- Logging who has visited your sites, when they have visited your sites, and what areas they have accessed.
- Synchronising with Staff ID and Card machines, including those with security coding.
- Providing all necessary data for performance, compliance and OHS audits.
Have A Strategy To Alert People Of Tripping Hazards
This one sounds so simple, however it is often the forgotten safety hazard that causes the most damages. In fact, a huge majority of accidents on construction sites are caused by slips, trips or falls on the same level – that is, people tripping on things on the ground.
This may seem trivial, however 27% of reported injuries on sites are caused by tripping hazards like cables, rubble, holes etc. There are so many tripping hazards on construction sites that are often just left as part of the environment. However, implementing a solid system to label these hazards and alert people to them is key to reducing risk.
Safety Management Made Simple
Safety Management really needn’t be difficult. It is one of the pillars of running a successful business, and can be made easier with professional software systems from Beakon that support some of the world’s biggest businesses.
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