Developing Your Safety Culture
The most important thing your company can do to prevent costly accidents and injuries to not only your workers, but also others out on the road, is to develop a strong Safety Culture. Below are 10 key steps adapted from the experts at OSHA that will help put your company on the right track.
- ALWAYS SET SAFETY AND HEALTH AS THE TOP PRIORITY Communicate on a regular basis to your drivers, independent contractors, and all other workers that making sure they practice good safety habits and go home healthy at the end of each day is very important and the way your company does business.
- LEAD BY EXAMPLE Ownership, management, and supervisors must also practice good safety habits, and make safety part of daily conversation and company communications.
- IMPLEMENT A REPORTING SYSTEM Develop and communicate an easy to follow reporting procedure for drivers and all other workers to report any injuries, accidents, illnesses, near misses, hazards, or safety concerns. Include an option to report anonymously.
- PROVIDE TRAINING Train drivers and all other workers on how to safely do their jobs, prevent accidents, and identify any potential hazards in the workplace or out on the road. Conduct regular follow-up training.
- CONDUCT INSPECTIONS While your insurance carrier may send a loss control consultant to conduct a survey from time to time, it’s important that you regularly conduct your own self-inspections to quickly identify and address potential hazards.
- COLLECT HAZARD CONTROL IDEAS Ask your drivers and other workers for ideas and suggestions for improvement. They are the ones that typically know what the potential issues are, but may not ever speak up. Provide them time during work hours if necessary in order to encourage their input.
- SEEK INPUT ON WORKPLACE CHANGES If you don’t already have a Safety Committee, form one. Include good drivers on the Safety Committee. They should meet regularly, review all incident reports and suggestions, and also provide their own insight.
- ADDRESS EMERGENCIES Identify any foreseeable emergency scenarios (examples include fire, hazardous spills, and weather events), and develop specific instructions on what to do in each case. Once completed and approved by Management these should be included in all training and posted in visible locations within the workplace.
 Source: https://www.osha.gov/shpguidelines/ten-easy-things.html
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