Companies of all sizes and industries have
workplace dangers that threaten the health and safety of employees. Employees
are a company’s most valuable asset. Developing a culture centered around
safety not only protects the well-being of each individual, but also results in
savings and benefits for the organization.
What are some key benefits of a safe workplace?
- Improves employee happiness. When employees work
in a safe environment they can focus better on their job with lower stress.
Understanding safety best practices also improves employee confidence
levels when performing job related duties.
- Increased productivity. Minimizing workplace
injuries improves productivity. If an injury occurs productivity is halted
to address the situation. Productivity can be impacted long-term if the
employee needs time off to recover, and additional staff need to be hired
and trained to cover their duties.
- Saves money. If a company has a
high safety rating it can result in lower premiums for corporate
insurance. A comprehensive safety training program also protects the
company from a compliance standpoint.
- Improves quality. Companies that
prioritize safety are often more efficient and have less employee down
time, which results in higher quality products and services.
- Improves retention. When employers value
the safety of their employees and provide a safe work environment and
proper training, their employees are less likely to leave.
What elements are important to improve the success of your safety
- Interactive. Offering
training in a variety of styles and formats helps with engagement. Some content
presents well in video, while other more specialized content may be better
suited for group or even one-on-one training, providing the opportunity for questions
- Flexible. With more
and more employees having flexible schedules, having flexible training options helps
to ensure the success of the program. Many safety training programs are
available online, such as BLR’s Training Today. These online
options offer videos that break down topics into short segments that employees can
complete in 20-30 minutes, from any device with a web browser. Each video
includes a short test to confirm the employee was trained and understands the
- Relevant. Different
training topics may be relevant for different groups of employees. It helps to
segment your team so you can define a safety program that really resonates with
each person and feels useful.
- Ongoing. Most people
learn and retain information best when it is broken down and presented in smaller
pieces. Mapping out a plan for the year and holding monthly or regularly
scheduled safety trainings that are focused and centered around specific topics
will help ensure success. Having an ongoing safety initiative will also help to
promote a culture of safety, which is the ultimate goal.
What are some key things to address to improve workplace safety?
- Safety team. Have a team or individual responsible for making sure the
safety program is being implemented and documented properly
- OSHA Requirements. Make sure you are current on all OSHA standards. OSHA is
a federal law, but some states have their own OSHA laws. These state laws take
precedence over the federal law.
- Clear warnings. Post warnings where appropriate noting safety
- Proper equipment. Make sure all equipment and devices are
installed and checked regularly to ensure they are in proper working order
- First aid. Make sure first aid kits are stocked and easily accessible
- Emergency plan. Have an emergency evacuation plan in place
that includes an offsite meeting location
Watertech is proud to have a culture centered around
Watertech has taken considerable time
to develop a safety program that delivers information to employees on a monthly
basis and is relevant to each person’s role. Having a team that has been
trained in proper safety procedures and practices ensures not only their own
safety, but also the safety of our customers. We are proud of the safety
culture we have built and look forward to continuing on this journey.