Safety in the workplace is only as good as the people organizing it. A good leader influences others to reach a goal and makes a positive impact on attitudes and behaviors. In fact, implementing an effective process for safety goes beyond documented policies and procedures. The best safety and health programs involve every level of the organization. The following are a few tips to help you improve your safety leadership skills.
Create a vision
Encourage people to take responsibility for safety by setting clear goals. Consult your workforce and involve them in planning and decision making to create a shared vision. Also, make sure everyone knows what they need to do in order to achieve your health and safety goals. Another thing to consider is that saying thank you and showing appreciation can go a long way towards helping to ensure your employees feel valued. Rewards and incentives are a great way to engage your workers.
Education and awareness
Make sure everyone has the abilities, skills, and resources they need to do their jobs safely. An effective training strategy revolves around employees visibly seeing a leader's commitment to a safe work environment. Integrate safety into your daily routine. For example, hold a weekly safety meeting in which you discuss any incidents that occurred the previous week, corrective measures, best practices, etc. It's also a good idea to conduct frequent inspections and reviews of the workplace. And remember to lead by example.
Challenge the Status Quo
Brainstorm with your team to think of ways current health and safety practices can be improved. Learn from previous mistakes. Challenge your employees by asking them, "What can we do to solve the problem?". Then share your expertise with them to help them overcome barriers. Instilling a safety culture into the workplace can reduce accidents and injuries.
Take a Quiz
OSHAoffers a quiz you can take to analyze your safety and health leadership skills. After your score is calculated, you will be given advice on how to improve your effectiveness within your organization.
With all the additional responsibilities, it can be difficult to engage employees in the safety process. Leadership is more than simply directing your workers while enforcing rules and regulations. Follow the tips given above to learn how to be a great safety leader.