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12 Workplace Resolution Solutions for a Safer 2018

By Christine Torres

Here are 12 safety goals to focus on in the new year.

So, how did those workplace resolution goals go this year? Don’t fret. Most resolutions fail because they are too impractical or lack strategy, psychology experts say. According to a recent poll by Environmental Health and Safety Today magazine, 51% of respondents said they make safety and health-related resolutions each year. Neuroscience research suggests spreading resolutions out over time is the best approach. Resolutions without a clear plan are ripe for failure, so to assist with helping safety professionals keep safety resolutions in 2018, here are 12 clear safety goals.

1. Build An Emergency Action Plan

Have a plan? Conduct a facility-wide emergency preparedness meeting and focus on specific needs for a variety of incidents. Enhance emergency exits, fire equipment, eye wash stations, and first-aid kits with bundled floor signs and safety signs. Identify work locations and the safest and most efficient paths through the facility with wayfinding and floor markings.

2. Re-Focus The Business

Are the top brass involved? C-level executives can identify measurable increases in safety as important goals for all employees. Look over safety improvement records to see what has benefited the company and where to focus for the next year.

3. Review Safety Programs

What is already being done? Ensure safety signage, floor markings, and other directives are printed with text and pictograms that benefit a variety of worker aptitudes. Request professional advice and compliance assistance. Revisit accident prevention program policies and procedures with employees to ensure everyone understands the importance of safety and health on the job.               

4. Perform A Job Hazard Analysis

What could go wrong? Spot real problems and identify solutions. Identify where a task could go wrong and hurt someone, to assess risks, and to assign protective controls by performing a job hazard analysis.

5. Inspect and Maintain

Make sure LOTO kits are stocked and ready to go.What is actually here and what should be here? Replace old, worn, non-compliant, and confusing signs and labels. Check that spill containment kits, emergency equipment, and disaster kits are stocked and ready. Test fire extinguishers, AED equipment, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check and replace batteries and lightbulbs. Ensure lockout/tagout kits and stations contain what is needed to perform maintenance tasks.

6. Update Organization

Is there a better way to do this? Check out the benefits of a lean program such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping, or Kaizen. Organize tools and materials into storage locations with color-coded labels. Use floor marking tapes and signs to mark the safest, most efficient paths through the facility. Track safety improvements. Make available and maintain Safety Data Sheets.

7. Align With Standards

What do industry experts recommend? Examine facilities, equipment, ergonomics, and hazardous materials storage for compliance, best practice standards, and potential vulnerability. Apply strategic labeling techniques to direct, warn, and communicate specific information unique to one’s workplace. Make a checklist and evaluate the job site.

8. Review Training

Are workers informed? Informed workers are safer. Make sure safety training material is relevant, up to date, easily accessible, and provided in a way employees can easily understand. Retrain employees for facility safety when work processes change, when new hazards are identified, or when an injury or near-miss incident occurs.

9. Update and Maintain PPE

What tools are needed to perform a job safely? Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense. Make sure PPE is up to date and provides the appropriate level of defense for each task. Train employees on the proper use of PPE. Make sure places where PPE is kept are organized, labeled, and maintained correctly.

10. Stay Up To Date

Are current best practices being utilized? Safety managers should stay in touch. Be diligent in keeping current with trends and changes in the safety industry by visiting government websites. For professional safety discussions, look through social media avenues for connections. Exchange views on specific safety hazards, procedures, and solutions with discussion groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Use newer technology when appropriate as modern machines have built-in power safety mechanisms and alerts, or offer leaner work practices.

Openly discuss safety with workers.

11. Invest In Continuing Education

How can workers stay in touch? Check out the vast selection of e-learning classes and industrial safety webinars. Cell phone applications can be a helpful resource for a variety of industry needs. Pin up safety posters or infographics with helpful safety goal focused reminders or other quick safety reads. Keep workers in the know: Check for compliance updates, industry reference guides, and various other training tools.

12. Build Up Safety Culture

Are managers engaging in safety? Keep the conversation going. Openly discuss the importance of safety and health in the workplace. Don’t let employees operate machinery or equipment without receiving proper training on how to use and operate it safely. Engage with workers on ideas, concerns, or job accommodation needs. Reinforce prevention messages and current safety education material.

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