3 Crucial Questions for Health and Safety Management
As a director, manager or supervisor it's up to you to ensure that the message of a "safety-first" business is going to be the expected way forward from here. Changing the culture of a business can be hard work, but if you can change the perceptions of staff members and get them on-board with what you are trying to do then it will become a whole lot easier to actually achieve.
If you aren't sure what you should be looking for in the business in order to make it safer, you need to consider the following three questions to every member of staff. Each will help you truly understand how to take things forward and how to understand the world around you from a health and safety perspective, as well as quiz your members of staff about their own opinions with regards to managing safety in the workplace.
What Are Our Biggest Risks?
Even companies with near limitless budgets will still have health and safety concerns. There's no real way to make any place completely safe regardless of where you work, so you need to know what your staff are thinking about the situation and how they would go about improving the situation themselves. To do this, ask each staff member to give you an idea of what makes up the main risks to the company.
What's The Biggest Safety Objective?
Again, getting your staff to think on their feet and to give you an answer back is a brilliant way to keep them engaged, learning and active. To do this you simply need to get your staff effectively managing themselves and learning about the business. This makes a massive difference overall, and will make developing staff mentalities easier. If you get them to question these themselves, they are more likely to provide assistance later.
Is The Working Environment Safe?
Another key part of the process to teaching your staff and helping them gain confidence is to see what they make of the current working environment. Going through this together takes a lot of work and effort, but will eventually ensure staff members fully understand their working environment. It shows they are engaged and shows that they recognise the difference between theoretical health and safety protocol and it actually being enforced.
Engaging in a two-way discussion with employees is a fantastic way to get them involved and "buy-in" to the creation of a safe working culture. Make sure that you give them the opportunity to speak, praising and encouraging contributions, rather than doing all of the talking yourself. Employees who feel listened to and that their concerns and suggestions are actually being listened to will be much more likely to positively adhere to safety measures and procedures.