Organisations work best when all the departments work in harmony. The same extends to strategies. Your organisation’s overall system must sync with other minor yet distinct strategies. They must all serve one final goal – enhance the organisation to reach new heights.
One of these critical strategies is your organisation’s Workplace Safety Culture or safety and health goals. And like any other goal, it should start from the top and reflect downwards on the entire organisation. The top management must set an example for those at the grassroot levels. However, aligning these strategies is not an easy job.
Let’s see how you can align safety and health goals with the organisation’s overall strategy…
To begin with, all the strategies in your organisation should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant, and Timebound. SMART goals help to streamline the entire work of the organisation. It instils a certain sense of direction and brings about objectivity, giving your employees specific deadlines and goals to meet. Such goals are typically long-term goals with annual reviews.
Other goals are more short-term and tactile, facilitating continuous improvements. These goals are a part of the small picture that eventually translates into the larger picture. Once you have these goals in place, pick them one by one and scrutinise them in-depth. See for areas where your employee may get injured, harm themselves, or fall ill.
After recognising these areas of possible harm, do the following:
- Discuss them with your employees and take their feedback. Since they are the ones who will be working to achieve these goals, they are directly exposed to these harms.
- Study how these potential health and safety risks affect the overall output in terms of the goals.
- Take advice from an expert. Get an expert into the house and discuss how these potential harms can be avoided in the most straightforward manner possible.
- Ensure that your objectives are action-oriented but tailored to reduce risks to your employees. This is very important for activities involving close interaction with machinery and sharp objects.
Additional Practices You Can Adopt
In addition to adopting SMART goals that are in harmony with the safety of your employees, here are a few other things you can adopt:
- Introduce Safety Workshops: Safety workshops are not just about ensuring that your employees know the safety practices. They are also about ensuring that your employees know how to act in a situation of emergency – how to act, how to protect, first-aid measures and more. Trainers can make use of roleplay to ensure that the employees have grasped most if not all information.
- Provide Access to Digital Learning Courses: Safety workshops are often a once-in-a-year event. But what about employees who were onboarded after the workshop? This is where a digital learning course can help you. It will ensure that the newly boarded employees know what a Good Health and Safety Culture is. Furthermore, it informs them about the potential risks in their role and how to tackle them. It is an easy way to keep your employees on top of their safety. Not to forget that leveraging digital courses aids in forming SMART yet tailored goals.
- Plan Safety Audits: Safety Audits are as meaningful as your financial audits. They help to uncover substantial risks, giving you a real insight into the practices at your workplace. Depending on your discoveries, you can align your existing practices and introduce some new ones to foster a good health and safety culture. However, ensure that a third-party auditor carries out the safety audit to avoid bias and subjectivity.
The British Safety Council India is a leading organisation in the domain of workplace health and safety. With a robust experience of over 30 years, they have assisted countless Indian companies in meeting the highest safety standards and setting a benchmark in the field.
They will help you transform your workplace to develop sustainable practices. For this, they offer consultancy services, digital learning courses, live online training, health and safety memberships, five star occupational health and safety audit, and more!
And the best part? They practice what they preach: “No one should be injured or made ill through their work.”