There are several industries wherein employees are required to take risks in performing their jobs. Human resource managers from these industries include skills that pose a sizeable threat to employees’ lives, health, and well-being whenever they publish a job description. In order to decrease the risks faced by their employees, responsible managers and decision-makers need to create and maintain a culture of safety within their workplace.
National statistics has shown an annual increase in accidents in several commercial industries, prompting several state legislations to provide safeguards for effective labor standards by requiring managers to attend safety presentations. These presentations are usually led by the state government or a third-party safety specialist.
After having undergone state-sanctioned safety presentations, applying corporations are inspected by respective government agencies to check on the working conditions in several factories before they are issued with working permits. Regular checks are scheduled to make sure that the regulations set by the State are carefully followed by factory managers. Once it is discovered that a corporation has failed to follow the safety standards, managers will be asked to attend safety presentations or run the risk of revoking the working permit issued to the corporation.
Aside from industry standards enforced by non-government organizations to their member corporations, there are several minute safety details that can dramatically decrease the likelihood of accidents in the workplace.
In the airline industry for example, government checks are being done by the Department of Transportation. These checks are scheduled on a monthly basis to assure airline company employees and commuters that the airplanes are safe for boarding. In fact, before flight clearances are issued to airline managers, thorough checks are made in plane engines and all in-flight apparatuses. In addition to that, it is a requisite for flight attendants to show short safety presentations to passengers. Part of this presentation includes the use of seat belts and oxygen masks. They are also introduced to the flight personnel including who to approach during emergency situations.
It is common for airline companies to have a thick compilation of security protocols which ensure specific and immediate response in any given situation. Flight personnel are given ample training through various safety presentations in handling different scenarios, including the most peculiar ones, efficiently without endangering the health and life of other passengers on board. The captains are given authority to deal with unruly passengers and other similar threats.
Security protocols do not only make sure that none of the company’s consumers are exposed to undue risk; they also aid in the creation of a culture of safety within the company. It is key that company employees have full grasp of this safety culture. This determines how well they will respond to any untoward incidents in the workplace at any given time.
More than the response however, much priority must be given to the prevention of these accidents. As such, a culture of safety must be propagated to serve the best interests of everyone in the company. As a natural consequence, the company will be able to decrease their records on injuries and keep casualties at zero.
Programs that communicate the importance of safety to employees are organized by several companies belonging to the same industry. Usually these programs are aimed to establish a good working relationship between the people who have the same line of work but serve different companies. Not only does this create an avenue to share tips and strategies, it also creates a solid support system should a company bear the burden of having to deal with untoward incidents common and specific to its industry.
These steps, when undertaken, can create a corporate identity where everyone is aware of the importance of safety. Once a company has embodied this culture of safety, this will not only decrease accident-related costs but will also increase income once the consumers become aware of this existing culture within the company.