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Light industrial employees depend on a safe workplace to stay productive, healthy, and onboard. Unsafe spaces and a weak safety commitment from employers are two common drivers of not just injury (that’s a given) but also turnover. So, keep your workplace safe and your workplace brand trustworthy! Do this by building a reliable culture of safety, encouraging your workers to toe the line and actively encourage safe behavior in those around them. Here’s how.

Make sure managers set a good example.

Managers and influencers should walk the walk, not just talk the talk. If the privileges of leadership or status come with, for example, skipping the hard hat in a hard hat zone, or if managers are praised for coming into work while infected with colds and flu, something is wrong with your culture. Safety rules are for everyone, and employees should see, hear and witness managers taking them seriously, even when no one seems to be watching.

Rules should be clear, and reminders should be frequent.

One small, worn-out sign posted next to a machine that says “caution” and nothing else should NOT count as sufficient warning. If the danger is legitimate, make sure the sign can’t possibly be missed, misinterpreted or misunderstood. If the danger is not legitimate, take the sign down. False messages can encourage employees to disregard warnings or tune them out.

Change policies to reflect current rules.

Update your employee manual or whatever system you use to keep employees posted on the latest policies and procedures related to safety. Every formal reference should be updated and accurate at all times.

Don’t neglect training.

Can your managers rattle off which employees have and have not been trained in which areas, and can they do this without even checking a list? If so, great! But if managers have no idea who’s been trained on what and your company doesn’t even maintain a list they can consult, that’s no good. Keep all training updated and maintain a regular schedule in order to stay compliant with safe practices.

Maintain regular reporting rules and practices.

Every employee should immediately know how to report an incident, who to report it to, and what to include in the report. The process should be reliable and seamless, and most importantly, the reports should be maintained and frequently consulted.

For more on how to keep your workplace culture strong and your light industrial employees safe and confident, turn to the management experts at Extension.

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