Safety Best Practice
Establishing safety policies and work rules is a critical process in any industry. Without safety policies and procedures, would safety even be part of your company’s culture? Your expectations must be clear, both verbally and in writing.
As important as it is to train and orient your employees, unless the information you provide is written into your policies and rules, you leave yourself open to legal battles, misunderstandings, and loopholes. These policies may be understandings that have evolved after working together for a period of time, but they are much easier to enforce if they are in writing. Such policies and rules, if written properly, protect you and your employees and provide your company with the flexibility to manage your business needs.
Creating a safe and healthful work environment is not only a requirement it is also a “best practice” among top performing businesses. Safety excellence is all about proactively designing, aligning, and improving operational processes.
Great businesses know how to get their work done effectively, efficiently, and safely. Formalizing your expectations, including step-by-step instructions for job tasks, is a very effective way to emphasize to your employees that you are as serious about their safety and health as you are about production, quality, profitability, and customer service.