Making Sure Your Safety Checklists Deliver Hard Returns To The Business
Creating a safe and healthy workplace is a primary priority of global businesses across all industries today. A safe worksite provides a multitude of benefits for the businesses, its employees, their customers, the community and the environment. By establishing the right safety management programme, companies are able to see huge returns in the form of more balanced health and insurance costs, a more reputable business standing, higher productivity from a motivated workforce, and increased profits.
One of the most essential tools in the establishment of a safe working environment is the design and use of the right Safety Checklists. These checklists are usually created per topic, depending on the relevant issues and concerns in the industry. For instance, in the construction business, some of the most common work health and safety checklists include the following: Induction & Training Checklist, Workplace Inspection Checklists (Daily, Weekly & Monthly Checklists), Electrical Safety Checklist, Plant & Equipment Register, Vehicle Inspection Checklist, Site Audit Checklist and the Safe Work Method Statement Checklist which is used in conjunction with your Worksite Safety Templates.
These basic checklists serve as handy references for companies as they design and uphold their workplace safety programmes. With the right safety documents, businesses can prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace and significantly reduce healthcare and insurance costs in the long run. The checklists are instrumental in helping companies prepare and participate in government health and safety inspections, as the documents allow them to keep track of the safety policies and regulations that they are expected to comply with.
Moreover, checklists are also valuable training resources, and are often used by businesses to educate their employees about relevant legislation that apply to them. Studies have shown that workers who are operating in safe worksites are significantly more productive, motivated and show a higher level of performance compared to workers who are not confident about the safety in their place of work. Needless to say, a more productive workforce usually means higher profitability and more opportunities for growth for the business.
But establishing safety in the workplace takes more than just coming up with high-quality, compliant safety checklists and documents. Organisations are expected to implement strategies that ensure safety policies and principles are communicated well to everyone involved, and that managers, supervisors, team leaders and employees have a clear and practical understanding of each topic or item. The safety checklists and statements are just the blueprint – the structure and implementation will depend entirely on the cooperation and diligence of every member of the organisation.