An organisation's reliability rests on the safety of its workspaces and employees. All organisations owe it to their workforce to ensure that every risk is managed properly and that there are mitigation measures in place in case something goes awry. This is a legal obligation as per various acts and regulations in Australia regarding workplace safety, but beyond that, it is also a moral obligation of companies to keep everybody in their premises safe.
Keeping the workplace safe is easier said than done, though. It takes more than just simple signs in doorways and occasional reminders to keep everybody in check. What every organisation needs is a comprehensive strategy — and that's what we would discuss here. How exactly can an organisation's leadership craft an effective workplace safety strategy? There are three steps to take:
First and foremost, there has to be an investigation of the workplace as a whole. What are the risks? What are the current measures? What is the culture like? Contrary to popular opinion, workplace culture plays an important role in workplace safety. If the workplace promotes a culture of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) properly all the time, then there would be little to no problem with workers not having safety work gloves or goggles. Organisational leaders cannot be biased in this step; they have to look objectively at how the situation truly is.
Next comes improvement. When there is a clear picture of how things are in the workplace, it becomes easy to pinpoint areas for improvement. Maybe there isn't enough training for new employees or maybe some departments are lacking the right safety equipment. Whatever it may be, this is the perfect time to make improvements and integrate new elements into your strategy.
Finally, you have to implement the strategy you came up with. Everybody in the workplace has to be on the same page and on board with every point. There has to be no disconnect between the leadership and the rest of the workforce in promoting a safer, better workplace.
Remember, workplace safety is everybody's business.