Safety Tips for Protecting New & Young Workers
You may have read our article about our Short Service Worker program, but if you haven’t, you can read it HERE. In it, we explained how important it is to protect your new and young workers using several facts and statistics regarding injuries within the first 6 months of working. Our Short Service Worker program was one way to curb these injuries. However, what are some other ways to protect new and young workers? In this blog, we’ll go over 7 ways to help these at-risk employees!
- Create an open and inclusive work area that encourages questions. Supervisors should never criticize or belittle anyone for their questions! Remember, it may sound corny, but there are NO dumb questions.
- Again, this goes with creating an inclusive work area that encourages speaking up. Make it very clear that reporting unsafe or unhealthy conditions is a valuable response for employees. On that note, it is always a good idea to present some kind of prize to encourage those who do speak up. Perhaps make a “safety champions” wall or encourage those who do speak up by giving out a small gift.
- Always ensure your new employees are properly trained for the task that they’re given and the safe work procedures that are required to know for the procedure. For example, they must know what types of PPE are appropriate for the task they are assigned.
- Be slow, clear and methodical with the information you give a new employee. Provide them with manageable chunks of information that won’t overload them.
- Make sure these at-risk employees are always under supervision until you can be sure that they’re working at an adequately safe level. This is the idea behind our Short Service Worker program.
- Provide your employees with written documents and information that can be used as a reference down the road. This way, they will have no excuses when it comes to procedures and safety protocols.
- Finally, the simplest way to protect your new employees is by having good role models who are willing to talk, help, and provide feedback to new employees and guide through out the learning process! It’s these role models who will set the pace for how your new employees act and behave!
Hopefully this short blog will help you continue to “think safety and act safety!”