An Industrial Manager’s Guide to Workplace Safety and Wellness

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Do your employees work in dangerous conditions? While all employees can benefit from enhanced workplace safety, employees in industrial settings need it.

But how can you make sure that your employees are staying safe while they’re on the job? After all, it’s your responsibility to make sure that no one gets hurt. 

We’re here to give you some helpful workplace safety tips. Read on to learn more.

Evaluate Your Specific Needs

Before you start making changes, you need to make sure that you know the specific needs of your employees when it comes to workplace health and safety.

Each industry will have different health and safety needs. Employees who are going to be working at high heights are going to have different needs than employees who are going to be working with dangerous chemicals.

Get The Right Protective Gear

Protective gear is everything for employees. Make sure that you don’t “cheap out” on protective equipment so you can keep your employees safe and secure. This will also show them that you value their safety. 

Find a reliable retailer for things like hard hats, reflective vests, masks, and gloves. Always read reviews to make sure that people have good experiences with the brand in question.

Always order more than you need. It’s not likely for safety gear to get lost or broken. 

Do Frequent Workplace Safety Training

Many employers make the mistake of only doing workplace safety training as part of the onboarding process. When your employees are working in a dangerous environment, this isn’t sufficient. You also shouldn’t just do a basic workplace safety overview. 

Consider doing workplace safety training once per quarter, as well as after any significant incident. Make sure you do separate training sessions for things like equipment safety and respiratory protection training.

Open Communication

Your employees need to feel safe when they’re on the job. To make sure that this is true, make sure that you make room for open and honest communication with them.

Let employees know that it’s safe for them to come to you with concerns. Make it clear that it’s okay if they choose not to do a job alone. Have employees use walkie-talkies or other similar communication methods so you can check in with them and they’re able to reach you in the event of an emergency. 

Report Safety Hazards

Encourage employees to report any and all safety hazards (or potential safety hazards) that you didn’t cover during workplace safety training. 

Safety hazards come with the territory of hands-on industrial work, but if something unexpected arises, it’s the employer’s job to handle the situation. Consider adding this to workplace safety training.

Let employees know what a safety hazard looks like, who to report it to, and when it’s appropriate to report it. 

Workplace Safety Is Critical 

When your employees are working in dangerous conditions, workplace safety should take center stage. Your employees rely on you to keep them safe. Don’t let them down.

Use these workplace safety tips to create the safest possible environment for your valuable employees.

Kelle Maurer

Kelle Maurer