Safety managers face a variety of challenges due to their responsibilities. They do not only have to address safety issues holistically but also ensure that the safety approaches used remain consistent across borders while achieving more with less. They must use reliable sources of safety information and keep abreast of the latest trends in their profession.
Here are the hottest trends in workplace safety management for 2013.
Handling More Workloads
Safety managers must perfect the art of multitasking to help them meet the great demands they have. They must ensure compliance with relevant authorities, inspire employees and respond accordingly to upper management. They must also handle various administrative responsibilities, including record-keeping and procuring necessary safety products.
The safety managers must address different safety areas, including:
Fall Protection: This safety category deals with the risk of falls workers face, which may lead to serious injuries or even death. Global statistics indicate that rates of falls are on the rise.
It is therefore important for safety managers to increase their efforts in this area. They must conduct internal audits of the basics, improve prevention efforts and awareness among employees, ensure that people are protected with the correct fall protection equipment and look for better training methods.
Hearing Protection: The numbers related to hearing loss on the job are on the decline because fewer workers are on the job as a result of the economic downturn.
Vision and Respiratory Protection: The rates of vision and respiratory complications have declined slightly in developed industrial cultures because safety professionals have given them more attention coupled with more use of personal protective equipment.
Developing Good Safety Culture
Safety managers in different industries have realized the importance of developing a proper safety culture at the workplace. This involves inspiring and encouraging employees to change their behaviors so that they can make better safety choices without being prompted.
The managers also involve more workers in relevant safety activities. All workers are trained to know the significance of using necessary safety gear for their own safety and the safety of their fellow workers.
The workers are increasingly encouraged to change their behaviors. The buddy system approach is commonly used in the construction industry. This is whereby employees are assigned in pairs to check each others personal protective equipment. In other words, employees are responsible for the safety of their workmates.
Other workplace safety trends for 2013 include:
Managing safety across borders
Choosing appropriate sources of safety
Gaining corporate-level attention
Taking note of these trends will help safety managers ensure the safety of their workers.
About the Author
Chris Pollock is the General Manager for Simplified Safety an online source for fall protection products, solutions and articles. He is passionate about building sustainable companies that consider the well being of everyone who works inside the organization. You can follow Chris on both Twitter and Google +.