Safety Culture, How?

Developing a safety culture can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Putting in some simple measures and processes and then leading by example you can develop a safety culture and through the promotion of the success watch it grow and enhance your business.

The 7 tips to a successful safety culture

  1. Take leadership – demonstrate commitment, lead by example.
  1. Identify hazards – control risks
  1. Define your goals – develop SMART plans to achieve them.
  1. Ensure your H&S system is organized, keep it simple.
  1. Ensure safety and health in machines, equipment and workplaces
  1. Improve training – develop competence and safe behaviour.

7. Invest in people – motivate by participation, reward safe practice

If you need any help just contact Abacus Health and Safety Ltd.

No talent required!

As the picture there are many things that require no inherent talent. Simply turning up on time, working hard being positive all contribute hugely to success. The same principles can be applied the H&S. Simply following the risk assessment can mean a job is completed safely. Spotting a hazard and telling someone, takes seconds and can prevent an injury. Within H&S setting up a simple system that is easy to follow…even easier to explain will lead to a successful health and safety culture.

Abacus Health and Safety can help identify these solutions and monitor them on a regular basis if required. Just call 07841295210 or contact me via email at contact@abacus-safety.co.uk and we can discuss a suitable solution.

No talent required!

As the picture there are many things that require no inherent talent. Simply turning up on time, working hard being positive all contribute hugely to success. The same principles can be applied the H&S. Simply following the risk assessment can mean a job is completed safely. Spotting a hazard and telling someone, takes seconds and can prevent an injury. Within H&S setting up a simple system that is easy to follow…even easier to explain will lead to a successful health and safety culture.

Abacus Health and Safety can help identify these solutions and monitor them on a regular basis if required. Just call 07841295210 or contact me via email at contact@abacus-safety.co.uk and we can discuss a suitable solution.

The Safety Jigsaw

For any company facing the prospect of creating  a new health and safety culture within their business, the prospect can be very daunting. It is not complicated but there are just so many elements to it. Where do you start ? what do you need? how do you know if it is sufficient? Does it meet the needs of the law and my business. All these questions often put people of and the proverbial can gets kicked a bit further down the road. I started to think of it as a jigsaw, you put all the pieces together to complete the picture, the more complicated the business the more pieces you have. I always started with the edges of jigsaw, get the framework in place first and then add the pieces in the middle to reveal a completed jigsaw picture or in our case a complete health and safety system.

My advice is always start with a safety management policy that outlines your key activities and policies to govern and guide those activities. Then build in some specific risk assessments that cover all your key activities. Creating these will cover 80-90% of your day to day activities and then when you come to a more bespoke contract/job you can add to your current risk assessment library with a job specific assessment that may take account of more specific geographical or environmental factors that need to be considered. Then look at training, are all your employees trained, is there training program in place?  With these in place you are starting to build the boarders of the jigsaw the framework is in place.

Once you have the framework in place you can then start to look at other pieces such as monitoring, communications, checklists, signage and posters. All of these and others help to fill in the gaps and completed the picture. All of this is done over a period of time that fits in with the operations of the business and is a process of steady growth and development. Building this culture steadily over a period of time allows the elements to settle in and to allow employees assimilate the changes at a pace that they are comfortable with and at pace that means they take on board and buy into the changes. As with all changes good planning and good communication to all those involved is hugely important and can influence the success of the project.

As a new blogger I have tried give a very brief overview of how I see the development of a health and system can be developed over a period of time, and of course Abacus Health & Safety is here is offer advice and support this process just drop me an email at  contact@abacus-safety.co.uk or call 07841295210.

 

MSG’s

MSG’s

You may be thinking what has a chemical commonly found in your Chinese take way got to do with safety, well the MSG I’m thinking about has more to do with the Olympic cycling team and their success over the years.

Marginal Safety Gains, I’ve added the safety aspect but the principle still stands. The idea that looking at all the small details and improving each one will improve the whole overall applies to safety as well.

When you look at your safety system for your business you may well have a Policy and handbook in place with a folder of risk assessments and method statements and a HSAW poster on your wall but it is the small changes can have a big impact. For example, why not use a “What’s app” group chat to help improve staff communication, along with a staff notice board and a quarterly meeting. Suddenly you have a multi layered communication strategy with little effort and with little time taken out from running your business.

Another example would be regular monitoring of your business. Why not combine ladder, warehouse and PPE checks all into one document, get a different employee to conduct the check time and then reviewing the content. Take out any redundant question and focus the checklist on the areas of greatest risk. This way the checklist becomes an asset and adds value to your overall safety.

By concentrating on quality processes over quantity your safety can really add to the success of your business.

If you need any further help or advice just contact Abacus Health and Safety at: contact@abacus-safety.co.uk

 

 

 

MSG’s

MSG’s

You may be thinking what has a chemical commonly found in your Chinese take way got to do with safety, well the MSG I’m thinking about has more to do with the Olympic cycling team and their success over the years.

Marginal Safety Gains, I’ve added the safety aspect but the principle still stands. The idea that looking at all the small details and improving each one will improve the whole overall applies to safety as well.

When you look at your safety system for your business you may well have a Policy and handbook in place with a folder of risk assessments and method statements and a HSAW poster on your wall but it is the small changes can have a big impact. For example, why not use a “What’s app” group chat to help improve staff communication, along with a staff notice board and a quarterly meeting. Suddenly you have a multi layered communication strategy with little effort and with little time taken out from running your business.

Another example would be regular monitoring of your business. Why not combine ladder, warehouse and PPE checks all into one document, get a different employee to conduct the check time and then reviewing the content. Take out any redundant question and focus the checklist on the areas of greatest risk. This way the checklist becomes an asset and adds value to your overall safety.

By concentrating on quality processes over quantity your safety can really add to the success of your business.

If you need any further help or advice just contact Abacus Health and Safety at: contact@abacus-safety.co.uk

 

 

 

The journey to a successful safety culture

The journey to a successful safety culture does not necessarily need to be an uphill task. There are, of course laws and regulation that must be followed for good reason. This blog is aimed at practical measures that can be used to enhance a current safety culture or to share new ideas and thoughts on how we can work “smarter” to achieve the desired safety goals.

Back in 2010 a report was written for the Government titled “Common Sense, Common Safety” by Lord Young. The report looks at the growth the of the “compensation culture” in the UK. This is a concern to small and medium size businesses as a claim against such a business is not only costly financially but also in terms of time, stress and long term effects on the business.

When you look at your business are there simple changes that you can make to incorporate good safety practices into your current operational structure? Can you create a few simple processes that will not only add a further due diligence aspect to your business but also enhance general standards and over all consistency within your operations.

At Abacus, the goal is always Safety First, but this can be achieved and still add value to your company and have a positive effect on your workforce.

A little pragmatic thought and the not so common, common sense can go a long way to improve safety in the workplace.