Being a safety manager can be a tough job. You have the safety of the employees in your hands, but, at the same time, you don’t want to be known as the guy who is always yelling at everyone. Here are a few tips to be the best safety manager you can be:
Know the Rules & Stick to Them
Make sure you are knowledgeable about the safety rules. You should be a resource to your team, someone they can ask questions. Have regular safety trainings where you share your knowledge with others. Then, make sure you enforce the guidelines you have put into place. If you see someone violating an OSHA guideline, talk to them about it. If you see someone following a safety guideline, reward them. A wise person once told me to “chastise privately, but reward publically.” Keep that in mind as you enforce the safety guidelines.
Encourage Good Behavior
Going off the “reward publically,” make sure you reward those who are following safety rules. Recognize them during team meetings. Not only will that make the person feel good and appreciated, it will also show everyone that you are keeping an eye out and notice when people are following safety guidelines.
Have Regular Risk Assessments
Check with your team regularly to ensure proper safety guidelines are being followed. If you notice a safety issue getting violated regularly, consider doing a special safety training on that issue. If the problem continues, see if there is better equipment or a better solution out there. Try to make it as easy as possible for your team to be safe.
One of the most important ways to prevent injuries is by having a safety officer who cares and who takes his or her job seriously. Hopefully these tips will help you do your job just a little better and prevent more injuries.