The workplace has changed dramatically in just the past 10 years alone. There’s a huge boost in mobility, with employees distributed in various parts of the region or even the country. Communication can, therefore, sometimes be a factor in diminished safety.
Here are four ways how to ensure it stays a priority at your company:
Embrace the digital update.
When it comes to communicating about safety, overcommunicating is better than taking a more minimalist approach. In addition, the younger generations in the workplace tend to rely on their phones and are conditioned to these kinds of updates. It’s, therefore, an ideal time to embrace digital communication, including safety news, tips and updates. This is also a fast and easy way to notify your workforce of any new hazards, as well as keep safety top-of-mind.
Consider the use of drones.
Drones aren’t just for the military. Industries of all kinds use them for a number of reasons; one of them is safety. For instance, a drone can capture visual data in a way that helps you make vital business decisions without putting workers at risk. Likewise, in terms of security, it can cover far more ground than a human security guard or even a state-of-the-art security system. This can be especially valuable when you’re keeping dangerous chemicals or other material on-site.
Keep your digital assets safe.
In today’s world, workplace safety goes beyond just people but digital assets too. Data breaches can put your company and your customers at risk, which is why it’s so important to have a sound cybersecurity plan for protection, as well as policies in place if there is ever a breach.
Make safety portable for your people.
Many people wear smartwatches to monitor their health and activity. This same technology can be put to use to monitor vital signs, facilitate improved industrial hygiene and provide for a more rapid response in the case of an emergency.
The bottom line? Taking these strides is not only important to keeping your workers safe but can save you money in the long run. In fact, according to OSHA, for every dollar invested in safety communications, a company saves $4-6.
Do you need help hiring safety-minded employees?
Encadria Staffing Solutions can help. As one of the top choices among industrial staffing agencies, we know where to find top talent, how to screen and vet them, and the most effective ways to train them in areas, including safety. Contact us today to learn more!