A strong, consistent, and proactive safety culture can go a long way toward preventing accidents among employees and reducing the negative outcomes that arise from on-the-job injuries. Leverage this high-level checklist to guide and evaluate your efforts to make your jobsites safer and more productive.
Your checklist for building a healthy and safety-first culture
The basics of construction safety
- Regularly emphasize employee training and education efforts. Make sure workers know the nuts and bolts of how to use personal protective equipment and potentially dangerous machinery.
- Educate employees about how to perform duties safely in areas of elevated risk, such as heights or confined spaces.
- Ensure all literature required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as other local, state, and federal agencies, are posted in an easily accessible area so they can be consulted by workers at any time.
- Ensure your staff regularly inspects the safety equipment in addition to the job tools and machinery they use during each shift.
- Don't allow staff to cut corners. Set an expectation from the top down that any willful or intended workaround or disregard of safety rules is a serious problem and can lead to accidents.
- Develop budgets that provide sufficient funding to address all relevant safety concerns including scaffolding, respirators, and basic safety items like glasses and work gloves.