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Managing Health and Safety in the Workplace

Published: March 22, 2017

Although the organizational environment, behaviors and workplace culture has undergone immense improvement especially during the past few decades, health and safety still stand as a menacing challenge for business organizations worldwide.

The health-related risks, threats, and hazard have changed their form, intensity, and frequency and require consistent efforts from the organization to ensure a healthy and progressive workplace to their employees. Here are some essential measures to cope with the health and safety risks within your organization.

Devise a Health and Safety Policy

A health and safety policy is a set of objectives, standards and organization’s strategy towards the matter, risks, and areas of health and safety concerns at the workplace. It establishes an official approach of the organizations towards the health and safety standards issues a general but comprehensive guideline to the employees. These tips and guidelines mandate the employees to perform their tasks and operations in complete compliance with the HSE standard and help foster a safe, sound and serene workplace.

Incorporate a System of Periodic Vigilance

It is essential to conduct a periodic need analysis at your workplace to find out the areas that might inflict a potential risk to your employees or the environment and ambiance of the workplace. Frequently conducting a thorough inspection and examination, under the supervision of a registered health and safety officer will provide you an insight into the health and safety standards prevalent within your organizations and the loops, discrepancies and pitfalls that might turn up as a safety hazard in future.

Standardize Operations

Observe and assess the various tasks and operations happening within your organization and identify the alternate ways in which the task can be performed. This will help you standardize tasks and identify the one best way to perform the regular tasks and operations.

Standardization of the tasks helps ease down the process, optimizes efficiency and returns, overcomes loss and wastage and more importantly, prevents the chance of a health and safety risk.

Train Your Employees

All your efforts, measures and strategies related to health and safety standards will go in vain if you do not involve your employees in the process of implementation of the health and safety standards. Make sure that your health and safety policies are clear and concise and provide necessary guidance related to operational processes, equipment handling, and task execution.

Moreover, it is also essential on your part to prepare your employees for natural hazards such as earthquakes and hailstorms. Conducting mock drills is a useful way to provide a first-hand practical learning to your employees and educate them how to keep themselves secure in unforeseen and emergency situations.

Record Observations and Outcomes

Standardizing your processes, eliminating potential risks and implementing an elaborate and comprehensive health and safety policy is essential for an organization to promote a safe and secure workplace environment for your employees.

It is equally imperative upon you to ensure that your health and safety policy is efficiently being implemented and is meeting its pre-set objectives. For this, you can make use of smart technology and workforce management systems to track your tasks and operations. This real-time tracking will notify you just in time that about any error, loop or discrepancy in any task or operation.

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