8 Signs your Company Needs to Improve its Safety Culture

According to OSHA, “Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in the calendar year 2018, 1,008 (21.1%) were in construction — that is, one in every five worker deaths last year were in construction… Eliminating these risks would save 591 workers’ lives in America every year.” 
We here at Safety Solutions and Supply know how important a safety culture is in the workplace. If your company has any of the following 8 signs, you need to examine your procedures and improve your safety culture. 

  • You’re not inspecting job sites daily.
    Daily inspections are vital to maintaining a culture of safety as it helps minimize your employees risk of injury and exposure to hazardous chemicals. It also allows you to confirm that all machinery is operating properly, and is thoroughly cleaned. 
  • Employees are getting sick and/or hurt.
    If your employees are continually getting sick or hurt, you need to update your safety protocols, analyze data and figure out what needs to change in order to enhance your company’s safety culture. 
  • Employees aren’t wearing the right PPE.
    Employees should always be provided with the necessary gear for every dangerous situation. OSHA provides guidelines on what equipment should be used in every situation. Be sure to follow those guidelines, to maintain a safety culture in your workplace. 
  •  You don’t have the necessary emergency supplies.
    Preparation is key to maintaining a high safety culture in your company. Be sure you have all the necessary emergency supplies on hand at all times. Follow OSHA’s guidelines for first aid to make sure you are properly prepared. 
  • Employers are leary of reporting risks.
    This is a huge red flag. Employees are by far the most equipped to point out site risks as they are on the job site more than anyone else. Create a secure, anonymous feedback system so that employees are able to provide the necessary information to minimize risk. 
  • Employees do not have proper training.
    Training is vital to minimizing risk. Training helps employees become more aware of risks and teaches them how to handle those risks. This will help prevent slips, falls, and struck-by hazards injuries. 
  • Investigations are not being performed for near-misses and other incidents.
    Investigations allow you to see what went wrong and where. You can then take this info and share with your employees to potentially prevent any future incidents of a similar nature. 
  • Toolbox talks are not being conducted.
    These group discussions help keep employees aware of any specific safety issue that may be present on the job site. It also allows employees to voice their concerns about these risks. 

By checking for these 8 signs and making the necessary changes, you’ll be able to develop a higher level of safety awareness in your workplace and minimize the risk and injuries among employees. 
If you have any questions about your company’s safety culture feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions and Supply and let one of our professionals help you. If you have any additional concerns, feel free to visit us online, check out our training services, or give us a call here at 866-537-2262. 
Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)