Hammer on the head: DIY health and safety training for your employees

Preventing Accidents

Preventing Accidents

Hearing about an accident at work is probably one of your worst nightmares as a business owner. It is common for the head of a company to worry about safety and health concerns because properly trained and efficient workers are the most valuable asset you can acquire. The success of your business depends on them, which is why it is important to consider creating a health and safety training program for them if you haven’t already.

If you are embarking on this new venture within your business, here are the steps you should take.

  • 1. Identify key safety concerns. When most business owners or executive level managers are spurred to create a safety program, it is because of particular concerns related to their industry or past work accident claims. There are general rules that you will want to implement, such as wearing the appropriate attire and going to the doctor when they are sick. However, there may be more detailed rules that you want to include relating to heavy equipment or how to handle stress in a high-pressure environment, for example.
  • 2. Designate a safety point person. You should have at least one person in your company who is devoted to implementing safety rules and answering any questions that your staff may have. Even if you have a small business and can’t afford to pay someone to do this job full-time, you should write it into the job description of one of your managers. This will ensure that all of the safety program components are consistent and cohesive.
  • 3. Write a safety plan. Once you have chosen your safety manager, work together to create a safety guide for all employees. You can use guidelines provided by local authorities and occupational safety companies, but make sure to tailor it to your particular business. You may have job requirements or a work environment that requires more implementation to ensure that all of your employees are safe and healthy.
  • 4. Implement multi-level safety training. Instead of gathering all of your workers at once to have a safety and health training workshop, try implementing your new program in two steps. First, gather managers to educate them on the safety and health rules but also on how to properly implement them within their departments. This will help you carry out a more thorough training for the other employees once you are ready to present the program to the entire team.
  • 5. Follow up the initial training with “refresher” courses. Once you have successfully completed safety training, turn your attention toward the future. Your employees will need refresher workshops once a month to keep safety and health at the forefront of their day to day operations and your safety manager will also have to think of an abbreviated training to bring new employees into the fold.

If you really want to hammer in the importance of remaining safe and healthy at work, you could also create and distribute safety literature to all employees recapping all of this information. This will provide them with a reference as they strive to create a safe work environment.

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