At the beginning of a new year, people often make personal resolutions, such as losing weight, saving more money or finding love, and work-related resolutions, such as getting a better job or a promotion. But companies can also resolve to change their ways.
For example, Cintas, the largest uniform supplier in North America, has made the following safety resolutions for 2012:
Perform regular audits of workplace safety initiatives. The company plans to benchmark safety programs to establish a baseline of performance. Then it can regularly audit the program to ensure it’s working. It also wants to solicit feedback from workers and work with third-party organizations to pinpoint areas that work well and/or need improvement.
Set a zero-injury goal. Studies show that workplaces with higher worker engagement programs are less likely to have incidents and that reducing the frequency of incidents keeps worker productivity high. To achieve a culture of safety, the company wants to create prevention programs that exceed compliance regulations and engage workers in the safety process by having them lead committees and facilitate safety audits.
Offer training classes that engage workers. Blended training programs that incorporate adult learning principles with traditional and technology-mediated learning are more likely to capture the attention of workers and, in turn, be more successful. In addition to adjusting meeting formats, Cintas will focus the content of safety meetings on topics of interest to workers.
Raise awareness of leading causes of workplace injuries. Overexertion from excessive lifting, falling objects and slip and fall injuries are among the most common reported workplace incidents. So the company wants to ensure that workers understand the conditions that lead to common injuries and the potential hazards associated with not following protocol. For example, to reduce slip and fall incidents, it’ll train personnel to clear excess liquid and objects from the floors immediately.
Implement a first-aid cabinet. Having a first-aid cabinet in the workplace ensures emergency response can occur quickly in the event of an injury or illness. Cabinets provide a centralized location for bandages, aspirin and antibiotic ointment so workers know where to go should a safety incident occur. They also make it easier to maintain inventory and keep track of items that need restocking.
So what do you think of Cintas’ resolutions? Have you or your company made any safety resolutions for 2012? Share your thoughts and resolutions in the comments section below.