Have you ever wondered what separates the best performing companies from the average performers? How do some companies receive so many safety accolades? How do they improve safety records year after year?
It all starts with cultivating a culture of safety in the workplace. With the right training procedures, companies can expect to see a major transformation in the way employees approach safety. By creating a safe workplace—and making it a top priority to promote sustainable business practices—your organization can prevent incidents and improve operational efficiency.
A commitment to employee safety means approaching the matter from all angles. Plus, you should be innovative as you develop and promote safety plans. In this eBook, we’ll go through five environmental, health and safety (EHS) practices that will improve your organization’s culture.
Chapter 1: Help Your Employees Visualize Safety
Attack Root Causes of Accidents with Posters
Why post just one plain safety poster in the break room when you can diversify your techniques and improve safety with just a little creativity? A well-placed poster can reignite interest in safety issues, especially if it’s eye-catching, fresh, and of course: relevant. One of the causes of injuries at work is when employees aren’t aware that a danger exists. Posters can help with localized awareness of specific danger zones: consider a potential danger caused by an active machine, for example. Employees who are not familiar with the machine or the work area can be warned of danger with a well-placed poster that alerts them to the presence of a hazard, such as the presence of moving parts.
Don't Be Afraid to Use Humor for Safety Slogans
Encouraging a culture of safety is a lot easier when you can approach the matter from several angles. One of them can be humor. In fact, sometimes a few lines of humor may go a lot further than anything else if you’re trying to surround your employees with safety reminder slogans. If the voice in your head must ask “is this safe?” then it probably isn’t. Sarcasm, wit, and outright humor will get noticed on your visuals if done properly with a professional tone. One great example is the poster below, where just a touch of subtle humor really homes in on an important safety theme.
Choose and Create Your Visual Aids from a Marketing Perspective
Just as a marketer would do, consider your audience when selecting visual aids for safety. What engages them? What speaks to their needs and concerns? Get inside their minds and assess your current visual aids from that perspective. Do they grab attention and deliver the message in a memorable way? Keep things fresh by treating your safety visuals like revolving collections from a museum: switch them out for new ones when they become stale. A series of posters that build upon one another can be effective, too. Anything that grabs attention and keep everyone's mind
on safety is beneficial.
Visualize Your EHS Data
When you’re teaching teams about EHS metrics, data visualization is essential because you’re reaching people of different ages, educational levels, and styles of learning. As you are presenting EHS data, you want to make sure all stakeholders are responsive and alert with your materials to help the environment, prevent workplace injuries, and most importantly—to save lives. Your goal in reporting and presenting metrics in a visualized manner is to help you maximize awareness, productivity, and connectivity with your staff. New technologies, like EHS software, can help teams visualize strengths and weaknesses in day-to-day business operations.
Communicate with Data
Using various forms of charts can empower you to effectively communicate your EHS progress. Comparing a few key data points can inform others.
Pie Charts: For example, if you’re showing the most common injuries on the job, you can demonstrate the most common types of incidents occurring in a particular facility. Make sure your pie chart is clearly labeled to give a simple visual representation of the data you are displaying.
Column Charts: Whether you’re trying to show incident breakdowns by month or the number of Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions (CAPA) completed, column charts are a great way to display different data points. This chart type is helpful since it can show—and compare—data changes over a certain time period.
Trend Charts: Displaying your data trends over time is advantageous. Trend lines give your organization insight regarding historical and current performance, and based on those points, management can make changes to the EHS program.
Dashboards: Combining all of your metrics into a dashboard is another great way to illustrate your organization’s progress. With EHS software, you can easily setup an interactive dashboard for your colleagues to navigate and interact with different charts and KPIs.
Remember to keep in mind the different ways you plan to distribute your deliverables. Some staff members may want a hard copy of the reports while others may prefer to view them on a monitor, tablet, or mobile device. However, data posters are a great way to showcase the organization’s overall EHS performance. Not only are they eye-catching, but posters also help deliver engagement across the workforce, program, and beyond.
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