Photo used with permission from Rakan Al-Hamrani
With Independence Day coming up this weekend, summer is in high swing, and summer safety should be too. Unfortunately, however, safety sometimes gets put on hold in the summer. Do you ever find yourself saying any of the following while at work?
-It’s too hot.
-I want to get this job done so I can go home.
-When I get off work I’m going to ________. (Thinking of the fun things you are doing after work, instead of the job on hand)
-Let’s be out here for as little time as possible so we can get out of the heat.
-We check everything every other time, so if we don’t do it this one time, we will be ok.
No Excuses for Safety
The kids are out of school, the weather is nice, the days are long, and it can be easy to make excuses to not follow the safety procedures. So what can help keep us motivated to remember the guidelines?
One of the easiest ways to be safe is by being consistent. Never make excuses for not following safety guidelines, and make sure your team knows you won’t accept excuses either. If your team knows you won’t accept any excuse, regardless of the circumstance, they will be more likely to be consistent.
Create a Rewards System
People love being rewarded for doing good work. If you recognize the potential to forget safety precautions and then create a program to encourage the memory, your team will be more motivated to remember. You could create a team goal for having no injuries for a certain number of days or create any other program or you could provide an incentive based on limiting unnecessary safety risks.
Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World has a program like that in the summer months. Between the restaurants in the park, there is a safety competition that all cast members become a part of. At the beginning of the summer, managers provide a meeting with safety reminders. The reminders continue over the course of the summer. At the end of the summer, the restaurant with the highest number of days without a work-related accident get a prize, usually a company lunch or something of equivalent value.
Creating a program such as the one in Magic Kingdom helps employees be accountable not only for their own safety, but also for the safety of their fellow employees. Having something fun and different from the day to day work can also help during the summer months.
Hopefully you and your team can be safe this summer. Whether you put a rewards system in place or just are consistent with the safety guidelines, be safe out there!
Do you have a safety program you have implemented? Comment below with what you did with your team!