How to be a Safety Supervisor in a Carefree Culture

How to be a Safety Supervisor in a Carefree Culture

There was a touching commercial on television recently confronting the necessity of safety in the workplace. It shows a father lying tangled on a crate after falling off a ladder in the warehouse, talking about how he will not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle because of a bad last minute decision he made that turned out to be life-changing.

More and more awareness is being raised in regards to safety in the workplace. You see it on billboards, advertising for seminars and now on television commercials. Learning how to be a safety supervisor has never been easier, but it is taking these rules, making them stick and getting people to follow them that make this job challenging. However, if you succeed, you will have a safe work site with even fewer incidents and that is the best reward of all.

If you want to know how to be a safety supervisor, read on and find some of the tips necessary to having a safe work site and being a top notch safety supervisor.

Be adamant about safety.

It can be a real pain in the neck to have to put on big steel toed shoes and hard hats in order to just walk across a work site to your portable office, but you never know when that seemingly unnecessary action may save your life or someone else’s. All it takes is one decision and one split second to alter the course of your life.

Be firm and consistent about the rules and regulations regarding your work site. Do what it takes and be consistent. A well known proverb states, “Repetition is the mother of all learning.” Constantly review safety standards with your employees. When necessary, follow through with disciplinary action for safety violations. It will set a precedent for your employees and demonstrate the consequences accompanying lack of compliance concerning safety issues on your work site. The responsibility of every employee on the work site rests on your shoulders.

Provide safety training.

As a safety supervisor, ensure that every employee under your watch is up to date on their safety training. It does not matter if they have worked under another company for years and they say they have been trained already. Different companies have different standards and you want to make sure every employee is aware of your safety standards. And it never hurts to receive a refresher course; you never know what you may need to be reminded about.

Make sure that you are current on any new safety regulations and that your employees are aware of any changes that may apply to their area of expertise. As accident prevention is your number one priority, make certain that every employee has a complete understanding of any equipment they are using and that they are aware of the safety guidelines.

Have safety check stops.

Just as a fireman walks through and surveys a burning building for structural weaknesses and potential flare ups, as a safety supervisor you need to constantly walk through your site checking for poor workmanship, potential hazards and common fix-ups. Have a checklist of items that need to be monitored and regularly verify that they meet safety standards. Anticipate any risks that could arise under your supervision and do your best to make sure it never happens. It is better to catch a problem at the beginning stages then to have fix it down the road.

Knowing how to be a safety supervisor is only your first task. Applying what you know and creating a safe environment for each and every employee is your responsibility and top priority. So start building your safety culture from the ground up now!

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