How Can You Get Safety Right In Your Risky Workplace?

As a business owner, you already understand the need for health and safety. From the moment you bring your first employee on board, the chances are that these three simple words are all you think about when you eat, sleep, and drink. After all, employees put their trust in you, and you don’t want to let them down with unsafe environments.

For most managers, getting on top here is as simple as tucking wires under carpets and employing daily cleaners. But, what if the risks your workers face are more extreme? While we all want to wrap employees in cotton wool, some environments make it impossible. Risky business areas can involve high climbing, dangerous equipment, and even outside risks you may have limited control over.

In these instances, those ‘general health and safety guidelines’ aren’t going to help. Instead, you’ll need to think outside the box to mitigate unavoidable workplace risks in the following ways.

Arm your team with knowledge

In high-risk job roles, you can’t guarantee safety the way that you might in a confined office. In some instances, you won’t even be around when your team members embark on dangerous feats! As such, you need to rest 100% easy that they have the knowledge necessary to stay safe regardless. 

This hunt for safety knowledge becomes ever more pressing the more specialised your area of expertise. Builders need to know all about safe machinery handling, while telecom employees should always complete safety-focused telecommunication engineering courses before heading out to the field. While knowledge isn’t a guarantee, it can drastically reduce workplace risks and injuries, thus making life easier for everyone. You’ll undoubtedly find yourself in trouble if something happens because a member of your team wasn’t taught otherwise!

Check equipment often

The riskier the work, the more vital health and safety equipment becomes. You certainly can’t send your team up an electricity pole without harnesses, nor can you expect the use of heavy equipment without goggles, masks, etc. Do note, though, that merely supplying equipment isn’t enough. You also need to do regular checks (at least once a week) and take note of defects/take broken equipment away. Only then can you guarantee that you’re providing the safety your team needs. Only then can you stay on the right side of the law, and avoid workplace mishaps and injuries. 

Listen to your team

Sometimes, getting safety right in a risky workplace is as simple as listening to your team. They’re the ones risking their lives on your business frontline, after all. If they don’t feel safe, you should listen to those concerns. That’s the case even if this means turning down work or putting the breaks on. In large part, safety is as much about how your team feels as the literal steps you put in place. Never, ever, make them embark on a job until they’re 100% happy that completion is possible without harm of injury. Otherwise, you’ll never forgive yourself if something happens, and neither will workplace law.




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