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Preparation Vs. Prevention: Properly Dedicating Your Resources for Workplace Safety


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Preparation and prevention. Do you find yourself allocating resources at your workplace in a way that fails to balance both? As technology continues to improve, so do many of the risks that threaten the everyday safety of the work place. Nevertheless, there are ways to prepare and prevent workplace incidents. Here are four tips on how you can properly dedicate your resources in both mitigation and intervention capacities: 

1. Preparation: Raise Safety Awareness

The best offense against workplace danger, is a great defense. Defense starts with preparation and raising of awareness. The premiere approach to raising awareness is none other than safety training. These courses do more than just go over the basics, they help employees become more situationally aware and as a result, decrease the likelihood of accidents. Work safety awareness into the fabric of your workplace and employees will be prepared on how to face hazards as they arise. This is the foundation of preparation. According to Safety and Health Magazine, spending a little bit of money up front on prevention can incur savings on the back-end from a host of costs that results from workplace incidents.

Continuous improvement is an excellent way to identify and introduce better ways to achieve safety. 

2. Prevention: Eliminating Inefficient Practices

Older practices often become outdated. New ideas emerge, new technologies are introduced, and new troubles await. As a result of this phenomenon, some practices actually produce counterproductive results. Conversely, many new ideas come to the forefront and analysts establish what is regarded as best practice. Ideally, a best practice will not feature any deficiency, even when deficiencies creep in over time. According to EHS,when it comes to eliminating outdating methodologies, it is imperative to expose deficiency and failure and replace them immediately. Identifying these directives as soon as possible can streamline daily operations and ultimately enhance productivity and efficiency while reinforcing safety first. 

3. Preparation: Implement Response Plans

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. The old adage certainly bears significance when it comes to safety culture. In the event of an actual emergency, devising and implementing a response plan can assure all employees and workers are protected from all the potential consequences. It is important employees know what to do in a variety of emergency situations. A prepared team is more prepared to tackle challenges and a crew that is astute to disaster protocols is able to more effectively and safely handle all the challenges that accompany. Therefore, it is critical to establish a chain of command and devise an incident management framework.

4. Prevention: Champion Continuous Improvement

Complacency is often the cause of danger. Therefore, if management and leadership stay committed to improving performance even when performance is at a peak, the dividends will only accrue more. When workers know how to work safely, they establish continuity. As a result, these proven methods can be further documented into the form of standard operating procedures or suggesting operating guidelines.Continuous improvement is an excellent way to identify and introduce better ways to achieve safety, building upon already proven and demonstrated tactics that have bolstered workplace safety. 

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