15 Ways to Show Workplace Safety Leadership
August 10 – 16 is 2020's OSHA's Safe + Sound Week, a campaign designed to encourage workplace safety programs. At Horizon Solutions, we know that safety has to come from the top down. So, this year we're marking the occasion by highlighting ways managers can show workplace safety leadership.
The following list is based on OSHA's Take 3 in 30 program, a challenge to managers to improve safety in 30 days. Whether you pick one or ten, achieve your goals in 30 days or three months, the most important thing is that you work to create a better, safer workplace.
Demonstrate Workplace Safety Leadership
Taking time to celebrate Safe + Sound Week is a great way to strengthen your internal programs and demonstrate your commitment. Here are 15 more ways to show workplace safety leadership.
#1. MAKE SAFETY A PART OF THE CONSERVATION
Creating a safety culture means making safety a part of everyday life. Frequent reminders and check-ins will keep safety top of mind with workers, ensuring they understand their role in your company's safety program.
#2. TAKE THE TIME TO IDENTIFY HAZARDS
Showing workplace safety leadership means walking the walk. Make it a habit to walk around your facility, looking for hazards. Annual audits and assessments are essential, but informal reviews can help prevent accidents and injuries throughout the year.
#3. HOLD SAFETY MEETINGS REGULARLY
Make safety a part of the routine by hosting short safety meetings. Not only will these sessions increase safety awareness, but they can also provide an opportunity for workers to ask questions or raise concerns—activities like this increase worker engagement.
#4. GET A CONSULTATION FROM SAFETY EXPERTS
Calling in an outside source is a great way to ensure your facility is safety compliant and avoid hefty OSHA fines. Though safety is a part of everyone's job, that doesn't mean it's their expertise. Bringing in a company to perform this service can bridge knowledge gaps and strengthen your safety program.
#5. SPREAD THE NEWS THAT SAFETY IS IMPORTANT
Including safety articles in company communications such as newsletters and blogs is a great way to showcase workplace safety leadership. Topics surrounding keeping workers safe and sound will never get old—and there's no shortage of things to write about.
#6. USE VIDEOS TO EDUCATE AND ENGAGE
Video is a compelling medium to provide information and perform demonstrations. You can use it to communicate the pillars of your safety program or train employees on safe practices. Video is an engaging way to learn that resonates with audiences.
#7. SET GOALS AND OBJECTIVES—AND WORK TOWARD THEM
Improving your safety program isn't a one-time thing. It's an ongoing process. As such, it's important to set goals and take the lead in making and monitoring progress toward meeting them. And don’t forget to communicate these objectives.
#8. SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON SAFETY SUPERSTARS
Demonstrating workplace safety leadership means recognizing the work of others. Create opportunities to praise and reward workers who meet or exceed your organization's health and safety goals. Positive attention like this can inspire others to work harder to be compliant.
#9. BACK SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS
Without resources, safety programs are just words on paper. It's essential to allocate resources to your programs, both financial and human. From proper equipment to the right people in key roles, the success of your program demands the right support.
#10. ENCOURAGE MENTORSHIP
Mentors are great resources for your safety and health programs. Find your safety superstars and encourage them to share their knowledge. Mentorship will foster a safety culture and promote awareness. And, if you're qualified, step up and become a mentor.
#11. CREATE SAFETY VISUALS FOR YOUR FACILITY
Yes, there are plenty of required safety signs and visuals. But have you considered developing pieces to promote your safety program? Create and post reminders that safety is everyone's job. OSHA offers a great resource to help you personalize safety with your colleagues.
#12. UPDATE SAFETY AND HEALTH POLICIES
Taking the initiative to review and update policies is a great way to show workplace safety leadership. Whether it's part of a scheduled annual review or adjustments needed during a pandemic, make time to revisit policies to keep your safety programs active and compliant.
#13. MODIFY BUSINESS PROCEDURES
Look for ways to make all procedures safer by applying safety policies to them. Everything from changing ink cartridges to storing materials should be looked at with safety in mind to prevent accidents and injuries. You’ll be surprised how many opportunities for change you’ll find.
#14. COMMUNICATE THE COMPANY'S SAFETY COMMITMENT
Get the word out to businesses you work with—vendors, customers, etc.—that your company puts safety first. A commitment to keeping workers, partners, and customers safe is something to be proud of. Spread the word and increase your brand appeal.
#15. EMAIL A SAFETY-MINDED MESSAGE
Kick-off your safety initiative with an internal email. Send a key message about your commitment to safety and health, outlining your plans to improve your company's program. This communication with demonstrate your commitment to playing a key safety role.
We Can Help You Take the Lead
Let us be your resource. We can help you develop your workplace safety leadership skills. Our Safety Specialists are on hand to share their knowledge and expertise. We offer a full suite of safety services and solutions. Contact us today!