Ensuring that stringent safety standards are in place to protect employees should be the first priority of any business. However, many company managers and team leaders overlook the importance of communicating such standards effectively to every member of the workforce.
If you’re struggling to implement a coherent health and safety message to employees, you should try to address this problem immediately, particularly if you run a business with lots of inherent hazards. According to a recent study of the construction industry by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (1), there is a very strong correlation between effective communication of safety information and fostering a safe work climate for workers. With that in mind, here are a few tips for improving your communications:
1. Post clear signage throughout your workplace
Posting clear and eye-catching information around the office or project site is a very effective way of reminding workers of safety protocols whilst they are on the job.
2. Include safety meetings during employee inductions
One of the most important elements of employee induction is the introduction to a company’s safety regulations. This should ideally take the form of an in-person meeting and a brief online training course to ensure that they have understood all of the relevant information.
3. Send regular safety emails
Sending regular emails outlining your company’s safety policies is a great way to ensure standards are maintained throughout the year. Feel free to keep the tone light-hearted but remember to be firm about the need to follow rules.
4. Don’t assume they know how to use PPE
If any of your employees are undertaking hazardous work, it is imperative that you provide them with sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as instructions on how to use it. This could include anything from a simple facemask to a full hazard suit or protective construction gear.
5. Try out a health and safety app
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technologies, it is easier than ever to track the safety of employees, even if they are off-site. You could try an app such as Zecure, for example, which allows you to communicate quickly with employees, send safety alerts when they enter high-risk areas, and raise the alarm in the unlikely case that anything goes wrong. Get in touch with us today to find out more!
(1) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2018. ‘Fostering Safety Communication among Construction Workers: Role of Safety Climate and Crew-Level Cohesion’. Available at http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar_url?url=https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/1/71/pdf&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0rfgX5eQNM7CmAGJp6H4Aw&scisig=AAGBfm3v_U16pYhKoRgZHaYt0RiExqcovA&nossl=1&oi=scholarr