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5 Tactics to Get EH&S Employees Safety Compliant

IMG 7014It’s uncomfortable; it’ll be quick; I forgot: Just a couple excuses employers hear every day when it comes to not complying with safety regulations.

Since OSHA was instituted, workplace injuries and deaths have decreased by 60%. Even so, there are still employees ignoring safety precautions every day. According to OSHA, 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012. Safety education and awareness, no doubt, is still important – and difficult to learn.

With all the safety acronyms and regulations, learning how to be safe in the workplace can feel like drowning in a bowl of alphabet soup. Hours of safety training are usually a snore. Many workers don’t really know or don’t take seriously the safety precautions they need to take to have a safe, compliant job.

For these reasons, we give you 5 tactics to get your EHS workers to be safety compliant.

Education

Employees can’t be safety compliant if they have no idea what that means. Employers should provide understandable safety training to all employees expected to be safety compliant. Here’s a resource list for information on your employees for OSHA:

OSHA Compliance Guide on Training
OSHA Training Standards Policy Statement
OSHA Training Done for You
OSHA Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Tip: Create a custom rulebook applicable to your business and your workers. Include OSHA regulations as well as other rules that you think are important to your company specifically. This will allow new employees to focus on learning the OSHA regulations pertinent to them, give veteran employees a place of reference, and allow you to add in rules and regulations important to you.

Say it With a Sense of Humor

Hanging up signs or including information about safety in your company newsletter can get boring and is easily tuned out. One way to cut through the noise and reach your employees about safety is approaching it with a sense of humor. Here are a few of my favorite safety signs and slogans that will help you create an effective safety culture in your workplace:

• Protect your hands, you need them to pick up your pay check
• Safety glasses: All in favor say “Eye!”
• While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work
• If you plan on violating the Fall Protection rules, please leave details for next of kin
• Work related injuries are punishable by mountains of HR and insurance paperwork

Offer Solutions

There are always instances when a potentially dangerous situation can’t be avoided. In these cases, you can provide ways to help reduce the danger with readily available solutions. An example might be if your employees need to be working in the heat all day. You might not be able to prevent your workers from being in the heat, but you can do things like provide water and sun screen. If solutions are readily available to your employees, they’re much more likely to take advantage. For a tool to help protect your employees from the heat, check here.

Know Your Responsibilities

Who’s going to take an employer seriously that doesn’t even know what his/her responsibilities are? I wouldn’t. The more knowledgeable you are about providing a safe environment for your employees and the more you focus on that, the more likely it is that your employees will follow suit. A great way to stay on top of these responsibilities is by making a checklist. Here’s an example of a self-inspection checklist for asbestos. For information on your responsibilities as an employer according to OSHA, look here.

Involvement

According to T&D World Magazine employee involvement is the key to creating a successful safety culture. Invite employees to express concerns or discuss regulations. Ask employees how they want to create their safety system and urge them to get involved. Other ways to get employees involved include interacting through emails with notes of gratitude and praise and having regular safety meetings.

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For more tips on employee safety and getting your employees involved, check back on our blog and social media channels for our #smile4safety items every day this month.

Each year, the National Safety Council uses June (National Safety Month) to bring attention to key safety issues. This includes everything from tripping and falling, to distracted driving, to workplace safety.

Triumvirate Environmental Inc. is launching Smiles 4 Safety (#Smile4Safety), the first-ever month-long, safety-education series of its kind. This series will be comprised of entertaining and educational images, memes, dance videos and more on workplace safety