There are so many things that an employer has to consider when it comes to workplace health and safety and keeping their employees not only safe but productive too. However, investing in these important elements will pay off in the long run because it will ensure your company has a good reputation, that your staff is happy to work for you, and that they can do the job you pay them to do. With that in mind, here are some of the key places you need to invest in when it comes to workplace health and safety.
Invest In Technology
The term ‘technology’ is a very broad one, and it’s important to understand what it means for your business specifically. In some cases, it will mean specialist software. In others, it will mean equipment like the right plastic welding rod and good tools. What is it that your business needs in terms of technology?
Once you know, it’s wise to invest in that element. The better the equipment, software, and tools you can buy, the safer they will be. Plus, if you buy high-quality equipment, it will be less likely to break – or break down – and you’ll spend less on repairs and replacement parts. The right equipment means people can do their jobs more efficiently and more safely, and they’ll appreciate that greatly.
Even if you hired someone because of their great experience in a certain sector, it’s still important to offer regular training in your particular workplace. This is just as important as if you hired people with no experience at all. In fact, when it comes to training, it’s often best to assume that everyone needs to learn the same amount and to ensure they all have good training.
Training helps in a number of ways. Firstly, it will increase the knowledge base of every employee (including you if you take part, which is often advised), helping them do better work which leads to happier customers. Secondly, it will increase your workers’ confidence in what they’re doing, helping them to take bigger (calculated) risks to boost productivity. Finally, it will show them that you take their health and safety seriously, ensuring they stay loyal and work hard for you.
Acknowledge Safe Behavior
There is no doubt that you would say something to an employee who was doing something that went against your health and safety rules and policies. Depending on what they were doing, you might do anything from reprimanding them to firing them. So why not do the opposite and acknowledge those who are taking health and safety seriously? This could make all the difference, and even if you have to invest in it (by offering rewards), it will be worth it.
Just as you would be sending a message that bad behavior won’t be tolerated when you dismiss someone for a breach of health and safety, you can also send a message that you appreciate your staff members when they do the right thing. This will ensure others follow suit and help you keep your business and employees safe.