If you’re in business, you already know that workplace safety is important for both employees and customers, but do you know how to make your workplace safe?
In many cases, employers simply think that by either placing a security guard at the front door or by offering employees “Caution: Wet Floor!” signs to put down in case of a spill will do the trick.
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Safety Begins with Culture
The truth is that workplace safety begins at the cultural level.
This is to say that safety-mindedness needs to be ingrained within each and every employee from the time they walk into work until the time they walk out.
A company culture that is centered on workplace safety is one that encourages employees to speak up when they recognize safety violations or hazards, but also when they see where improvements can be made.
Sadly, in many corporate cultures today, employees who speak up are chastised or even fired for pointing out violations or areas where improvements can be made.
Consequences of an Unsafe Working Environment
Aside from human suffering, which should already be a motivator for caring business owners, the consequences of workplace safety issues can be financially dire.
An employee or customer who gets injured on your company’s premises may end up costing your business through a hefty and lengthy lawsuit.
During this time, you, as a business owner, will typically be tied up dealing with the legalities of it all, meaning your company may suffer.
To top things off, your company’s reputation may be indefinitely tarnished due to a lawsuit and its publicity, even if you are found not at fault.
Hire a Safety Consultant
One of the best ways to obtain a safe working environment is to partner with a safety consultant.
In the article, “Expert Interview with Dr. Timothy Ludwig on Cultivating a Safety Culture,” it’s explained that safety consultants offer a wealth of experience, but also the ability to recognize potential dangers before they become a problem.
Working with a safety consultant is also advisable if you simply don’t have the time or physical resources to investigate and review your company’s potential pitfalls.
Expand Your Workplace Safety Protocols in Time
Finally, it’s important to review your workplace safety protocols on a regular basis.
As your company grows, your need for workplace safety solutions will likely expand as well.
Don’t take success for granted … put a team in place whose sole goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of your customers and employees.