Considering the Health and Safety Implications of Big Changes in Your Workplace
Any change that you make in the workplace is going to have wide sweeping changes that need to be taken into consideration before you make them. For example, if you’re going to add new machines or a powder coating booth to your manufacturing business, then have you considered the type of equipment or training that your employees need in order to utilize these new tools and machines to their fullest? It sounds like common sense and it should be, but not every business seems to care about the health and safety of their employees especially when new machinery or processes are involved.
This article is going to be mainly focused on industrial workplace where health and safety is a huge concern, but there are going to be a few talking points that also apply to even those working in offices. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the health and safety implications of big changes in the workplace and what we can do to reduce them.
Large warehouses and manufacturing plants are prone to accidents if you aren’t keeping employee safety in mind.
Introducing New Equipment
When you add something new to your business, are you letting your employees know about it and teaching them how to utilize it correctly? For example, when you add new industrial process filters as part of your factory’s filtration system, are you giving your employees and foreman access to the manual and other important notes? Are you training them on its use and maintenance? Something important to health and safety like a filtration system needs to be fully understood even before its installed so that your foreman and managers can give their opinion on its use and how viable it is. If you don’t consult experts before making such a big change or if you ignore their warnings, then you could end up putting someone at risk.
Adequate Training of New Staff
Whenever you add new staff to your workplace, it’s important to train them sufficiently. It’s not just about training them to understand the machines and processes involved but also training them on your company’s workflow and any additional quirks that your staff might have in how they perform their tasks. This is going to vary from company to company, but let’s give a simple example to help illustrate this. Imagine that your staff have their own way of distributing safety equipment that is used for construction purposes. If your new recruit isn’t aware of how to receive their own safety gear from your inventory, then they’ll either hold up their work or they might be foolish enough to work in a dangerous environment without even considering the safety implications. It sounds unlikely for someone to do dangerous work without safety equipment, but it is your responsibility as the employer to oversee these things.
No matter how big or small you think a change in your business is, it’s important to focus on all of the potential failure points and issues that you might run into.