In order for businesses to ensure the utmost safety of their resources, practices and operations, it is a prerequisite that every employee is well informed about the potential hazards that may exist in the workplace and what safety measures must be taken in avoiding the identified hazards and their possible injuries or harm. Secondly, employers should be strict when screening potential security officers, security supervisors looking for a job in their company. It is also critical that every employee participates in safety and health activities organized and arranged by their employers in the workplace. It is equally important that workers are adequately skilled and encouraged to identify and report unsafe work practices.
Organisations may realise safer workplaces by adopting a preventative safety culture in their business. Past experience and knowledge indicate that a preventive culture to promoting workplace safety is beneficial for workers, employers and governments. Such a culture comprises of all the relevant values, managerial systems and practices, participatory principles and working behaviour conducive to creating a safe and healthy working environment. Therefore, successful adoption of prevention techniques will effectively help in avoiding workplace accidents, illness and improving business overall performance.
The prevention techniques involve:
- Participation from workers, employers and governments (consultation).
- Effective security service consultation with a service provider can make a significant impact on workplace health and safety management.
- Effective consultation with a safety professional.
- Implementation of work organization procedures and policies.
- Consultation plays an important role in ensuring effective participation from all individuals in the development and implementation of workplace safety and health procedures and policies.
- The provision of training and information to workers.
- Providing employees with relevant information and regular training about workplace safety and health will have a real effect on reducing and preventing workplace incidents and injuries.
- Workplace hazards inspection and management activities.
- Setting up a hazard management system to identify workplace hazards, assess the risks associated with the identified hazards and introducing measures to control those risks is the basis for a planned, systematic approach to ensuring that workplaces are safer and conducive environments to be.
The main factor to ensuring a safe work environment is the ability of any business to define and establish a clear set of responsibilities and duties;
- First and foremost, the responsibility for ensuring safer workplace and that work procedures are followed remains a responsibility of the employer.
- Managers responsibilities to ensure that all relevant policies, procedures and precautions to safety are well developed and made available to everyone.
- Businesses have the responsibility to provide workers with training (i.e. workshops) in safety procedures and how to handle workplace hazards.
- All workers in an organization have to accurately follow safety standards and procedures made available in the workplace. And further support and cooperate with all programs that promote workplace safety.
If well executed, the above duties will ensure that everyone in the workplace has a clear understanding of the need for safety and health, what their role is in making the workplace safer and how they can fulfil their responsibilities and duties in achieving the objectives of a safer and healthier work workplace.
Steps to improving workplace safety
- Conducting a sporadic job hazard analysis is the best way towards preventing workplace incidents from occurring and also provides an opportunity to figure out what went wrong in what aspect of the business and prevent future problems.
- Maintaining and complying with OSHA hazardous communication standard to provide workers with access to material data safety sheet (MDSS) documents for all hazardous substances in the workplace.
- Establishing OSHA’s team of compliance assistance specialists to help employers comply with safety requirements. This provides compliance assistance focused on helping businesses identify safety hazards and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs.