Work Safe

General Safety

A safety program is only as good as its participants. Communicating expectations and gaining the support and dedication of employees is critical to ongoing success.

Develop a safety policy
A safety policy demonstrates your company’s safety commitment. It specifies expectations, actions and responsibilities for working safe. Make a written copy of your safety policy available for all employees—post it in break rooms, print it in employee manuals, and put reminders in company newsletters. Be sure to include these basic principles when developing your safety policy:

  • Standards for safety training, safety meetings and time and resources devoted to safety
  • The safety and health of every employee
  • The protection of the public
  • Identification and elimination of hazards
  • Safety is a priority, especially over shortcuts and/or expediencies
  • Safety related rules and procedures are never compromised
  • All employees must comply with safety, health and environmental laws and regulations

Empower your workforce
Your employees have a vested interest in making the environments they work in safe and healthy. By involving them in your safety efforts, you’ll gain first-hand insight into potential hazards and problem resolution. What’s more, you’ll gain champions more willing to support and promote wellness and safety initiatives. Here are some tips to help get your workforce behind your safety program:

  • Encourage employees to take an active role in safety by joining committees, coordinating safety activities, or other responsibilities
  • Provide a method for bottom-up communication to management
  • Provide quality training that is real, and applicable to the specific needs of the employees
  • Communicate expectations clearly
  • Require employees to sign off and acknowledge safety rules, policies and guidelines.
  • Employees will be safe if their supervisors and managers model safe behavior.
  • Maintain equipment well, and respond to maintenance requests by employees
  • Perform surprise and scheduled inspections
  • Investigate incidents and make positive changes
  • Develop a fraud-resistant incentive plan
  • Thank employees for a job well done

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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