Keeping your employees safe in the workplace is a big responsibility. But a safe working environment needs to be a team effort – you and your employees need to work together to ensure safety, health, environment and quality compliance in the workplace.
Besides the rules and regulations around safety, health, environment and quality compliance to which you as employer are bound, you need to let employees also take ownership of ensuring that best practice is followed and that the safety, health, environment and quality policy is implemented. They should feel part of the effort to keep them safe.
Sharing these simple yet super-effective tips with your employees can help them to ensure that their safety, health, environment and quality work place is a safe one.
Know where safety and emergency equipment is
Fire extinguishers and fire blankets form part of standard safety, health, environment and quality equipment and are required to be installed and available by law. Know where this equipment is, as well as where the panic button or general alarm activator is located in case you need to deal with a hazard or alert everyone to one.
Know your fire escape plan
Diagrams describing the fire escape plan should be placed all around the workplace so that you know where to go and how to get there safely and speedily in case of emergency evacuation.
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Keep emergency exits clear
Remove any obstacles that might block emergency exits or make it difficult or dangerous to access them.
Wear the right PPE
Personal protection equipment is specially designed to improve safety, health, environment and quality and keep employees safer. Whether it’s a hard hat, protective gloves, goggles or safety boots – it might not be the most comfortable things to wear, but it can save your life.
Report potentials hazards and risks
If you identify anything that might pose a safety, health, environment and quality danger or could cause injury to you or your colleagues, report it to your supervisor immediately.
It’s simple: improve safety, health, environment and quality compliance by encouraging employees to identify potential hazards and unsafe behavior, as well as providing opportunities for them to contribute to improvements in safety, health, environment and quality.
We have more tips in part 3 of this article so keep an eye out!