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When it comes to cultivating employee loyalty and promoting workplace productivity, safety weighs even more than a generous paycheck or an attractive contract. Employees understand the importance of keeping them and their colleagues safe, as work-related injuries can lead to lasting (and even life altering) physical, mental, and emotional consequences.

For this reason, those in the leadership position should always offer continual safety training to employees on a regular basis to remind them of their duties and roles in advancing workplace safety.

It’s a Worker’s Right, So Lead by Example

Every employee has the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH ACT) was passed to require employers to create a work environment that enforces not only protective workplace safety measures, but also health standards. By emphasizing the importance of workplace safety and conducting continual safety training workshops for all workers, your employees will not only learn to appreciate your professional safety tips, but also your genuine concern for their well-being. This is why a safe workplace is also a productive workplace with a relatively high employee retention rate.

Conduct Your Safety Trainings around Your Employees

If there’s anything that can help you to establish an effective, continual safety training system, data collection is the answer. Because the culture, pace, and routine of your workplace is ever evolving, gathering data from employees is key to identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses. In addition to just giving out employee safety surveys, you can also:

  • Review records of accidents, injuries, illnesses, and close calls
  • Delegate the duty of daily safety inspection to some employees
  • Examine inspection reports from insurance company, consultations, and other enforcement inspections.

Gather your information from various sources so you can have a comprehensive overview of your work environment and create a series of continual safety training workshops that is professional, relevant, and personal.

Recognize the Need and Set a Goal

Once you have your data in hand, it is important to analyze them and determine the type of safety training your employees need. When planning for your safety workplace trainings, remember to set goals and objectives to effectively guide and motivate veteran employees to support your cause. To achieve this, those in the leadership will not only need to clearly communicate their safety expectations, but also find ways to get employees involved in developing the content for the training. Besides putting safety rules and policies on paper and making it available to all employees, some workplaces have learned to be creative through the establishment of an active employee workplace safety committee. That way, you are always receiving constructive and updated feedback from those who actually experience the work conditions firsthand.   

Safety is a Commitment for All

Continual safety training in the workplace brings immeasurable value into the lives of your employees. Educate your employees and train them to make responsible and safe choices to cultivate a healthy work culture that encourages collaboration, efficiency, and trust. 

About the Author(s)

Tom Reddon

Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for the National Forklift Exchange. He also sits on the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) Executive Dialogue team. Follow him on Twitter at @TomReddon.

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