Everyone Must Work Together For It To Succeed - 09/24/2018
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Everyone Must Work Together For It To Succeed
A better way to handle workplace safety and compliance.
We’ve been talking about it for a few weeks and by now you’re probably beginning to pick up on the fact that we at U.S. Compliance Systems believe a better way means keeping the process quick, easy and cost-effective.
But that’s only part of what we believe.
We also believe to build a better way you must have buy in from everyone and then everyone must work together or the chances of a better way becoming a reality are slim to none.
To start, it takes company management who are committed to a better way; next the employees need to believe in the process; and finally, if the company is working with an outside safety consulting company, they must also be on board with the process.
If just one of these, company management, employees or safety consulting company, are not on board, a better way will lose its focus and then it just becomes another good idea that didn’t work.
So, keep that in mind if you’re looking to build a better way when it comes to workplace safety and compliance - everyone must work together for it to succeed.
OK. Let’s get back the 4 steps to simplifying workplace safety and compliance.
Last week we started with establishing safety policies and procedures that meet OSHA, client and third-party prequalification requirements.
Today we’re going to discuss the second step – communicating policies and procedures to the employees.
In the past when I’ve talked about communicating policies and procedures, my focus has been on companies providing employee safety training, safety meetings and other items like employee handbooks.
What I’ve found over the years is when communication only flows in one direction, such as when a safety consultant tells company management what they need to communicate and then company management tells the employees, the likelihood of a buy in by the company and their employees is slim to none.
Why is that?Because that is not communicating, that’s just telling.
So today I believe we need to use this definition when we talk about communicating safety policies and procedure.
Communication is “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.”
This definition talks about exchanging information between individuals which allows everyone to communicate their thoughts about the process, helping to ensure the successful implementation of the program.
Now don’t get me wrong on this.I still believe it is important to provide training and continued awareness of workplace hazards to employees, but it’s also a good idea to listen to what they have to say.Get them involved and communicating your safety policies and procedures will be easier than you might expect.
And you might also find they are more readily accepted which is a big key in successfully implementing workplace safety and compliance.
Next week we will review more of the specific things you can do to quickly, easily and cost-effectively implement workplace safety with the last 3 steps.
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