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.
Keep the correct posture
This safety, health, environment and quality tip is applicable from the factory floor to the front office. It is as important to always keep the correct posture when doing physical work such as lifting heavy objects as it is to sit with your back straight and your shoulders in line with your hips when working at a desk.
Use equipment where necessary
Use equipment such as a forklift or a trolley to lift and carry heavy objects instead of trying to lift and carry it yourself; use a ladder to reach an object that is stored in a high place instead of standing on a box or stepping on a shelf.
Take regular breaks
When your concentration wavers accidents are more likely to happen, so take regular breaks to stay fresh and alert.
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Reduce stress in the workplace
Long hours, exposure to danger, heavy workload and job insecurity can cause stress, which in turn can lead to loss of concentration and depression. Identify any safety, health, environment and quality risks at work and discuss potential solutions with your supervisor.
Avoid drinking and drugs
Alcohol and drugs can cause limited concentration, impaired motor skills and diminished mental ability. Basically, if you are under the influence, you become the safety, health, environment and quality hazard.
Know your rights
If you feel that your work environment is unsafe, you have the right to speak to your supervisor, who then has to escalate this to the safety officer – they are then responsible for removing the safety, health, environment and quality risk. No one can force you to work if you aren’t safe.
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.