You've Got Your List Now it's Time to Get Started... - 10/17/2016
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.
You've Got Your List Now it's Time to Get Started...
Here we are at week 7 of how to take your safety program to the next level and last week, because I ran a little long, we still have 3 parts to cover. Since it has been a few weeks since we listed the 5 parts of the plan, I’ll go ahead and list them again.
- Find a safety program you believe you could use to guide you through the process of understanding the OSHA regulations that apply to your company
- Determine what steps you would need to take to implement your safety program
- List those steps based on which would have the biggest to smallest impact on getting the program implemented
- Pick the top 2 or 3 steps and start putting them in place immediately.
- And last, but not least, work on each step until it becomes a part of everyone’s (and I mean everyone’s) workday; then proceed onto the next step
Last week we listed off 14 steps you could take to implement your safety program and I’m sure if you had a little time to think about it you could come up with a few that we didn’t mention. If you did, please don’t hesitate to add them to your list or even replace one or two on our list that you don’t believe would work for your company.
This week we need to take a look at part 3 and that is to list the steps based on which would have the biggest to smallest impact on getting your safety program implemented.
This week we’re going to take a look at 6 of the 14 items on our list from last week that you could do to help implement your safety program. If you would like to see a complete list of the items, check out last week’s Safety E-QuickTips.
Although I know that many of you have already started the process of implementing your safety program, for today’s review we’re going to say we’re starting from the beginning. This will ensure that anyone just getting started can get started on the right foot.
So let’s take a look at the items we’ll be reviewing today. They are the 6 ways you can effectively communicate your company safety policies to your employees.
- Employee safety handbooks
- Safety tips in paychecks
- 5 to 10 minute safety meetings (tool box talks)
- New employee safety orientations
- Formal hazard specific safety training
- Completed Job Hazard Analysis forms for review with your employees
Now if you look at this list and compare it to last week’s, you’ll notice that I’ve changed the order a bit.
Basically I’ve already put them in an order starting from what I believe would have the biggest impact on implementing a company safety program. If you look at these you might sort them differently than I have and that’s ok because the order should be one that works for your company.
This is how I came up with my order. Actually it’s pretty simple.
I put them in order of which would be the quickest and easiest to implement. My thought was if it is quick and easy then I have the best chance of actually getting the process started and keeping it going. Remember, we are looking at this as if we’ve never done anything to implement a program before, so quick and easy is good and it also allows you to build up to more difficult items to implement, like enforcing safety with your employees.
That brings us to part 4 of the plan: “Pick the top 2 or 3 steps and start putting them in place immediately.”
Part 4 kind of speaks for itself. You’ve got your list. Now it’s time to get started and to get started I’ll use the following analogy.
A baby crawls before it stands and stands before it walks and walks before it runs. A safety program is no different.
You hand out employee safety handbooks to all existing employees and every new employee and they understand that you actually see a value in safety. Then you provide safety meetings. Maybe first in paychecks and then you could start holding 5-10 minutes meeting once a month, building to every week. Then you put together a new hire orientation. This might take a little more time to prepare so until then your other efforts are moving you forward. Then comes formal safety training and on to preparing Job Hazard Analysis, each building your program as you go.
Just like a baby your program will be running before you know it.
Next week we’ll be wrapping up this series. I hope it has been helpful. If you have any thoughts, please don’t hesitate to share them with me.
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