Ten steps to a safe and secure working environment
Ten steps to a safe working environment
Having spent time working in the demanding environments of the motor industry, I have a fairly intimate grasp on the inner workings of safety in the workplace. Having all your workers from C-level to floor staff available, healthy and safe is a key element of business sustainability. But apart from personal safety risks, other threats exist that can have a serious impact on your company’s ability to perform at peak.
Let’s take a look at ten ways you can build a safe and secure environment that is able to provide your workforce and crucial business assets the infrastructure, processes and systems for optimum performance.
- Create a business continuity committee: A vital part of business continuity is safety and security. Business continuity is about preventing disaster and mitigating it when it happens. Workplaces are micro-communities in which each person plays a part in the safety of the entire business, so involve key players and foster a sense of shared responsibility.
- Get expert advice where necessary: Experts can consult and give advice where needed on important issues such as online and physical security, first aid and business continuity. Be sure to communicate health and safety information through scheduled training sessions and ensure you get buy-in from management. Health and safety training may often get pushed out to “more convenient” times - make it a priority.
- Run safety and security audit checks regularly: An important part of business continuity is to regularly audit safety and security aspects eg. First Aid.
- Create safety and security policies: Establish and enforce safety and security policies and be sure to update them as the business and its health and safety requirements evolve.
- Create documented workflows: Develop and maintain crisis management and disaster recovery plans. Leverage new software platforms that aid in streamlining identified processes that come into play when disaster strikes.
- Kaizen: Continuously improve by taking into account the observations and suggestions of all staff. Encourage and reward input.
- Assess risks: Run targeted and documented risk audits and identify areas of concern.
- Lead from the front: Whether you are C, mid or and entry-level employee, leading by example is annyone’s prerogative. Avoid risky and reckless practices.
- Set aside a practical budget: Work within a budget that is affordable
- Keep it simple: Resist the urge to complicate matters. Weigh the options carefully before
As your business grows, so will the dynamics surrounding your workforce and infrastructure. This calls for an iterative approach to your continuity strategy to prevent new, undetected threats to the operation of the business and continued well-being of your staff. Once you’ve set your operational and safety baselines, be sure to constantly measure and test against them to ensure a long term continuity strategy is in place that can be relied on.
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