Ontario business owners may leave themselves vulnerable to legal issues if they don’t take a proactive, measured approach to workplace safety. It’s an area that impacts a number of businesses across the Ontario marketplace, and so within this article, we’ll take a look at our experts’ five tips for improving workplace safety.
Build an Overall Strategy
It’s important for owners to take full responsibility for leading workplace safety processes. This means that owners must sit down with employees in groups to determine where safety risks exist and where their current approach to safety can be improved. Owners should guide teams on how best to avoid safety risks and on how to report a safety issue the moment it’s discovered within the facility.
Conduct Regular Equipment Analysis
Companies using the latest industrial equipment must ensure their systems are analyzed regularly according to the best practices within their marketplace. Machine owners should also ensure that their employees are regularly informed on the best practices for equipment performance, and on the signs of a potential equipment issue. In addition, each employee operating machinery should undergo training at least once per year to determine current performance levels and to help them maintain strict safety standards.
Schedule Regular Safety Meetings
As often as once a week, teams should complete comprehensive safety meetings in which all safety incidents are discussed. During these meetings, work teams should meet with their team leaders to analyze the safety levels of equipment and determine whether any additional measures should be taken to protect workers and visitors to the facility.
Maintain Comprehensive Records
One important facet of workplace safety, which is often overlooked, is record keeping. When was this machine last calibrated? Were there any signs of a safety problem in recent days? These are both questions that should be answered by the records a company keeps regarding their in-house safety. As part of the record keeping process, team leaders should create comprehensive safety checklists for their equipment users to analyze before they begin work.
Reward Safe Performance
Work teams are most productive when they’re incentivized and have a common objective. Team leaders can ensure their staff reach safety performance objectives by rewarding them for meeting specific targets. For example, staff might be given more time off if they complete safety records according to company requirements.
Through a consistent commitment to workplace safety, companies can reduce their in-house risks and maintain a productive, efficient workforce. To learn more on this topic use the link below.
Laura Harvey is an entrepreneur herself as the owner of Ontario Business Central Inc. Her passion has always been about supporting the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement within Canada.
Laura authors in-depth blogs for Ontario Business Central assisting entrepreneurs and business owners to start, manage and grow their businesses. She has almost 30 years of expertise as a corporate specialist and 25 years of being an entrepreneur. Laura has the unique position of supporting a community that she also belongs to. She walks the walk right along with you.
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