Any organisation that promotes staff collaboration across all its practices and procedures is a strong one. When it comes to health and safety, however, there are undoubtedly many benefits to including your team, at every point.
For any business employing more than five employees, a robust and workable health and safety policy and practices are legally required. Forward-thinking organisations see past the ‘minimum’ they must do, making health and safety and the physical and mental well-being of their employees a priority.
So how does staff collaboration make safety processes more robust?
Innovation from the core of your business
Without the pool of talent at the heart of your company, there is no business, and there is certainly no innovation and pushing forward with plans and projects. Applying this to safety in the workplace means that, as a whole, the company benefits from innovative health and safety practices. Just as your business progresses, you need other facets of the business to keep pace – safety in the workplace being one of them. What ideas do you think staff collaboration could bring to the table?
Input from across your business
When it comes to health and safety, you need to hear from the people that it affects but also, from the people who the solutions affect most too. Robust health and safety means policies and procedures are created to answer a specific, identified issue. By including your staff in every aspect, from identifying problem areas to the solutions, you have robust procedures that support your people and business, rather than working against it.
Solutions for specific problems
Remote working, for example, is something your staff may do frequently or from time to time. Lone working could be a rare or common occurrence. In both situations, remote and lone working (or both at the same time!) are considered high-risk safety areas. Who better to consider the hazards, the level of risks and the workable health and safety solutions, than the people who remote and/or lone working directly affects?
Builds the skills of your employees
Operating safely is a key skill. Being able to identify a hazard, monitor the risk and take decisive action are also skills. Health and safety relies very much on common sense. But this is built on shifting sands, depending on who you talk to and when. For example, an older employee may not have the same perception of hazards as someone new-in to the job. Staff collaboration on safety at work brings unity and also allows for the upskilling of your staff in health and safety policies, procedures and best practice.
Increased employee satisfaction
For many employees, health and safety is something that is ‘done TO them’ as part of an induction process and then something they are ‘reminded of’ when something goes wrong. Integrating safety in the workplace into everyone’s practice brings many benefits, one being employee satisfaction. When they no longer see health and safety as a stick or a barrier, they will embrace it for what it is – a measure to protect and enhance what they do.
The bigger picture
Staff collaboration on any project, health and safety in the workplace included, brings the bigger picture to the table and with a full view, decisions are better and beneficial for everyone.
How can we help you?
If you are in need of assistance with any aspect of Health and Safety management, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions or are looking for advice and support to maintain standards, call 01484 666160 or Email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.