Ways to make your manufacturing business safer
The very nature of manufacturing can pose some risk to everyone who works in the company. Manufacturing business owners need to take it upon themselves to make the health and safety of everyone that works for them a priority. When safety is a priority within a manufacturing company not only does it reduce accidents but it fosters higher employee morale as the staff understands that they are valuable to the company.
Manufacturers who don't place a high priority on safety will not only see a loss in productivity but will also find they are paying out a lot of money in health care costs, fines, and other reimbursements. In addition, when employees do not feel that they are safe they tend to work at less then their potential which decreases productivity, as well. This makes safety in the workplace a crucial issue that should be addressed. Here are some ways to make your manufacturing business safer-
- Set safety goals-When implementing a safety program management needs to make sure that they set goals that all employees can reach. This is often the basis for putting a health and safety program in place. After the company has set goals, each employee should be encouraged to set goals that will help them perform in a safer manner, as well.
- Set target goals-After the basis of the safety program has been laid out in the common goals and employee goals it is now time to set target goals. Keep in mind that these are goals that you will work to meet, but may find that you have to switch gears (or change processes), in order to do so. It is important that any goals that you set are reachable. If the goals are not achievable then employees will quickly tire of even trying to reach them.
- Promote a safety attitude-Many times within a company culture there is simply not an attitude of safety. You will need to take steps in order to promote a safety attitude within your company. When your employees see that you are serious about making safety a priority you should be able to see a switch in the attitude. It is important to keep in mind however, that behavior influences attitude, and attitude influences behavior. In other words if you have a positive attitude about safety you should see positive behaviors that will increase safety within your company. In addition, you should always make sure that there is a two way communication between management and employees so that ideas about how to promote better safety can be freely exchanged.
- Do a safety analysis-It can be difficult for management inside a company to determine where they could be safety issues. This is due in part to the fact that employees may not perform their jobs in the same way when they are being observed and it can be hard to spot problems when you are used to how things are done. This means that it be necessary to bring in monitors who can look at different processes in the entire production process and determine if there is potential for a problem or safety issue. Many times these monitors can spot problems that have been overlooked by employees inside the company.
- Bring in safety company-There are companies that specialize in making manufacturing companies safer and healthier. Sometimes it can be highly beneficial to bring in an outside company. This outside company can not only detect safety problems but can provide needed training for all employees to improve the safety within the manufacturing company.Keep in mind that lower workplace accidents and higher safety levels can only increase your bottom line.