In almost every company, managers and owners know that workplace safety must be a priority. At the same time, there is a feeling that if they really do all they can do to keep their workers safe, they will break the bank.
This is not only a dangerous mindset, it is an erroneous one, as well. The fact is, creating a safe work environment for employees—whether an accounting firm or a construction company—is always a good investment. And it costs much less than you would imagine. How is it possible keeping your workplace safe on a budget?
Keeping employees safe, healthy, and on-the-job is not only a smart investment in terms of a reduction in lost productivity, workers compensation claims, and even lawsuits, it also is an economical investment. In other words, you really don’t have to spend as much as you think to make sure your workplace is as safe as possible. In fact, there are many ways to keep workers safe that cost next to nothing.
What follows are just a few of those ways:
- Be Demanding. If your workers know that you are serious about safety, they will be more likely to follow suit. In other words, make sure you make safety a priority, not just something that gets lip service.
- Focus on Training. The more your employees understand how they can stay safe, the more likely they will be to keep themselves safe. Provide workers with training manuals and training sessions that get the safety message across.
- Provide the Right Tools. There is absolutely no way a worker can remain safe on a job if they don’t have the tools and equipment to do so. It’s your job to provide them with these things.
- Ask Questions. When you are interviewing anyone for a job at your company, ask them how they feel about the importance of safety. You can tell a lot about people and how conscientious they are before you make a decision to bring them on board. If a person seems lax about safety or laughs it off, it’s not a good match.
Keeping your employees safe at all times makes good business sense. It also is your moral responsibility as an employer. Just as you depend on your employees to keep your business running smoothly, they depend on you to provide them with the safest working environment possible.