ENGAGE Your Employees in the Occupational Health and Safety Requirements for your Company

Employee engagement, also called worker engagement, is a business management concept. An "engaged employee" is one who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about their work, and thus will act in a way that furthers their organization's interests. – Wikipedia

By giving both your management AND your employees "ownership" of the occupational safety requirements as outlined by OSHA for your company, you are both demonstrating your own commitment to their safety through elimination or minimizing of health and safety hazards, as well as increasing the likelihood of participation and success of those occupational safety requirements.

Here are some practical ways to involve both your management and your employees in developing your plan for incorporating occupational safety requirements on the worksite:

1. Post your own policy on occupational safety requirements next to the required OSHA workplace poster where each employee can see it.
2. Communicate that policy of occupational safety requirements directly to them in a joint meeting of management and employees.
3. Make sure top-level employees are participating and showing support by participating in the training on occupational safety requirements of management follow all safety rules and regulations that employees must follow, even if you are only in their area briefly. (i.e. wearing Personal Protective Equipment, etc.)
5. Involve employees who have specific knowledge of certain regulations by having them help with JSA (Job Safety Anaylsis or Job Safety Audits) to prevent health and safety hazards, help lead the occupational safety requirements training, or help investigate accidents.
6. As tasks for the occupational safety requirements are realized for your work environment, assign tasks to each employee. Make health and safety hazard prevention part of everyone's job description.
7. Enable those with responsibilities by giving them the time, training, money, and authority to carry out their responsibilities.
8. Recognize and reward those who are performing their assigned occupational safety requirement tasks well.
9. Take time, at least annually, to review what you've accomplished in preventing health and safety hazards and decide what revisions and additions need to be made.