How to Implement a Comprehensive Safety Month Agenda at Your Workplace
As part of the nationwide National Safety Month initiative, Promosontime.com has prepared an all-inclusive step-by-step guide to planning and implementing work-safe methods in your workplace. Whether it’s a business organization, school, government offices, or even a hospital that you work at, adequate patience and care for your fellow workplace colleagues is all you will need to successfully carry out a National Safety Month campaign and re-enforce on the job safety procedures!
The national theme for this event is: “Think Safety.” This is a very fitting motto inspired by the concept of continuous ongoing reduction in workplace risks. Indeed, every single member of any organization, from the most junior clerks to the senior managers can actively contribute to efforts of risk reduction. Hazard identification, ensuring team safety, and efficient reporting mechanisms would be pillars of such a system.
Host a Safety Fair or Party for Your Employees! – Employee safety fairs are usually an annual event at established organizations. Or why not host a fun safety contest in your offices? This will help keep the employees enthusiastic and focused on the goal of achieving best safety practices. It could involve the use of safety trivia knowledge and testing. Questions may ask employees to spot the unsafe practices in a picture.
Promote Safety Rewards and Incentives For Participation in the Awareness Campaign – To maintain a high engagement level, put up prizes for grabs and a recognition system for exemplary behavior. Such an event could be made tenfolds more entertaining by using the right type of humorous safety gear for décor. For example, our ‘Think Safety’ chocolate golden coins and ‘Safety First’ blue lollipops would be excellent additions to the occasion.
Safety Training – Regular fire drills and emergency response are a key element of any workplace’s safety agenda. The issue lies in most employees undermining the importance of serious response in case of an emergency. More often than not, a real emergency will be ignored and misconceived as a fire drill. Evacuation protocol, safe equipment usage and First Aid/CPR technique should be common knowledge amongst your workers. In particular, natural disasters, fires, and chemical spills need to be dealt with the correct amount of caution. This requires repetitive practice and emergency drills.
Promote Safety in the Home – Your employees and their associated safety is only a responsibility of the employer so long as they are on premises, in business hours. However, by encouraging your workers to practice best practice safety at home too, you are doubling the results you will see in the office. Human beings are creatures of habit. Encourage safe housekeeping amongst cleaners and clerks in the office as well. An electric wire left hanging loose or a cable running across a walkway are all signs of danger that every employee should recognize and remove.
Safety Products – According to the kind of environment that the employees are expected to work in, employees should be annually fitted for hearing protection, eyewear, and gloves (i.e. PPE products). Have a PPE representative come into your business and speak to them about the use of PPE. Furthermore, customized handouts on the topic and promotional products, like hard hat stress balls, safety flashlights, and safety candles can all be personalized to integrate your company’s safety image. These products can promote complex messages like safety in transportation to and from work and proper handling of equipment too – through pictures, colors, and blurbs!
Remember that National Safety Month is held annually in June to remind all the businesses and organizations out there of the importance for continuous improvement in safety processes. Even if it’s just a safety calendar or a safety stress ball in the workplace that’s doing this, applying safety rules can save lives in hazardous situations. In fact, workplaces that hose safety awareness events and address the attitude of their employees towards safety issues are proven to be several times more productive as well. Zero accidents are the ultimate goal.