Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving Safety Compliance
Small to mid-size companies have unique challenges because of limited resources and/or, limited funds for health and safety. Regardless of the limitations, responsibilities and OHSA requirements still remain for creating and maintaining a safe work environment.
Safety must take two, parallel paths simultaneously:
1. Long-term safety management, and
2. Daily safety management.
The first path assesses workplace hazards and examines safety incidents and injuries with the goal of prevention. The second path focuses on “How do we manage safe work today?”
Creating a safe environment is management’s way of saying they care about their workers. Creating a harm-free work environment, while achieving or, perhaps because of achieving 100% employee involvement and engagement, shows management’s commitment.
How to maximize limited health and safety resources for first-class results:
Establish health and safety roles and responsibilities.
Include health and safety objectives in employee performance management.
Conduct regular internal health and safety program reviews that promote continuous improvement by determining ways to improve health and safety skills and encouraging knowledge development among employees.
Safety goes beyond a single person or committee. There must be written health and safety roles and responsibilities for every level of the organization, from senior management to hourly support personnel. This is the Internal Responsibility System in action and fundamental to good safety management.
Health and safety performance should be part of overall performance management goals and reviews for each employee. That could mean including specific health and safety objectives in employees’ annual goals that may be tied into any bonuses, just like production or quality goals.
When there are limited resources, it takes the combined workforce to achieve excellent safety performance. It occurs gradually by engaging members of the safety committee, safety coordinators and health and safety representatives who manage the multitude of daily safety challenges and, who are part of a company’s leadership team. These people don’t just count injuries but look for ways to improve performance.
By involving all leadership and employees in specific health and safety responsibilities, an organization will grow organically towards a zero-harm culture.
Our safety consultants offer the expertise in addressing your specific workplace safety requirements. They specialize in designing performance strategies customized to your needs, and will help you through the process. They help you build a sustainable safety program.