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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Benefits of Involving Employees in Safety Inspections

Whether you are kicking off the new year, or the second half of the school year, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your safety programs.  Different seasons bring different challenges, and involving front-line employees in your safety programs will provide insight, investment and ultimately a safer workplace.  

Involve Employees:

Whether it is a volunteer or designated position, it's a good idea to select employees who work on-site to accompany management in walk-throughs and safety inspections.  Including employees who work on-site will provide valuable insights into potential safety hazards.  Encourage the employees to share their concerns and anecdotes about safety concerns during the inspection.  Employees know how buildings are being used, such as common routes for foot traffic, and other information that is not apparent just by objectively walking through the building. 

Act Swiftly and Communicate:

Now that you have been informed, it’s time to quickly prioritize and control hazards.  If a safety concern cannot be fixed immediately, take action to provide an interim solution to ensure the safety of building occupants. 

Employees who took the time to share their safety concerns with management need to be assured that their input is appreciated and swift action will be taken.  Educate employees about the process, communicate how you will address the issues and set accurate expectations.  Keep the line of communication open, and encourage employees to report additional concerns about new or existing problems, and you will prevent bigger problems in the future.

Invested Employees:

Employees that participate in safety programs are more likely to become invested in the program’s success, and can become safety ambassadors in the workplace.  Employees who play a key role in identifying and reporting hazards are more likely to report tampering or failure of fixes, and thereby decreasing exposure to accidents resulting from identified risks.  Identification and prevention are two major ways you can reduce your exposure to workers compensation issues, and involving employees is a major step toward a safer workplace.

For more information about Worker’s Compensation from an employer’s perspective, email William A. White at wwhite@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-957-3937.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the State of Georgia with expertise in this area of law. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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