Workplace safety statistics show a need to improve employee safety in workplace. This safety checklist, and the following workplace safety facts, and actions can help you create a safety plan for your business.
Employee safety in the workplace needs to be a priority for all businesses. A safety checklist can help you build your own occupational safety plan.
Industrial and occupational safety is a concern for businesses: workplace safety statistics are a measure of how well industries manage (or not) safety.
The construction industry has been good at using workplace safety facts to build, and improve upon, a construction safety plan structure within their industry. Other businesses, such as manufacturers, have also recognized the need to build an industrial safety plan.
Small business owners (while some are perhaps not in high risk industries) need to pay attention to employee safety in workplace: check the workplace safety statistics for your industry and your business. Are there areas for improvement?
Use this 14-point safety checklist as your starting point. Build a safety plan as part of your overall business plan.
Introduction: Explain the Purpose
Implementation through the Organization
Industry Standards (if/as applicable)
Develop a Substance Abuse policy
Safety Checklist: Job Specific Safety Procedures (as applicable)
These checklists need to focus on safety personnel responsibilities and procedures (employee list, meeting emergency personnel, all clear signal, etc.) and individual responsibilities and procedures.
Safety Checklist Reports, Forms and Procedures
Set up Safety Committee
Develop Medical and First Aid Program
Develop Fire Protection Program
Develop a Security Program
This safety checklist is a general one; you need to use workplace safety facts (and collect and measure your own workplace safety statistics) to customize the checklist, and the action plan, to your specific business and workplace environment.
Build your safety plan to be a part of your overall business plan outline. A safe workplace needs to be a priority for all businesses.
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Once you've built your plan, you need to implement it.
Developing your strategy (in the plan) is the first, necessary, step. You need to know the direction you want to go, and you need the strategy and the plan to help you get there.
But once you've built the plan, you must execute it.
There is no value in building a plan that just gathers dust.
When building your business plan, make sure that you include an action plan for the strategies, techniques and tactics.
The actions need to include who's responsible for doing what; measurements for success (such as deadlines and timelines, targets and goals, costs, etc.); and why you need to take the action (in some cases, one action needs to be accomplished before subsequent ones can be launched).
As you work through the plan, make sure that you build reporting periods into the implementation: you need to know what's going on and why something is working, or not.
Make sure to communicate progress, or lack of it, throughout the organization. And re-visit the plan when and where necessary.
Plan for the future: lots of business owners want to get, or keep, moving forward. Planning seems to be more of a passive activity.
However, to ensure that your business goes in the right direction and that it optimizes all its opportunities, and manages its challenges, it is important to plan.
Balance your activities against the plan: make sure that you are investing your time, and money, on the elements of your business that will help you succeed.
Measure what works, and what doesn't work, and keep your focus: use your business plan as a map to guide you in the direction you want to go.