Each one of us has a role to play in creating a safe working environment. We also have a responsibility to help keep our co-workers safe.
This is particularly true when it comes to new employees. People starting a first ever, or new job are at their most vulnerable to safety hazards. Research shows that workers under the age of 25 are more likely to be injured on the job in their first month on the job. These first time, and new team members are five times more likely to be hurt during this time.
We know that these are good employees, eager to learn, and work hard. But they also find themselves in a very unfamiliar environment, and may not understand safety policies and procedures. They want to impress, so they may not speak up if they have a question about how to do something, they simply don’t know - what they don’t know.
As a co-worker, you can recognize this fact and help guide these new team members. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that they know or have a full understanding of best safety practices on the job.
How to help:
- Make safety an important part of everyone's orientation
- Talk about safety, and make it a regular part of the workplace conversation
- Explain why certain precautions are taken, and the importance of each one
- Ensure they fully comprehend by asking them questions
- Point out potential dangers/hazards on the job site
- Make sure they are aware of all the safety procedures, and follow them
- Encourage them to speak up if they have a question or concern
- Make sure they wear appropriate safety gear, and wear it properly
Safety is a Core Value at Zedi, and is recognized by North American energy producers as a leader in safety management.
You've already learned the ropes! You’ve seen what happens when safety isn’t a priority. You’ve probably already witnessed a coworker get hurt on the job. Put that experience to good use and share all your safety knowledge that with the new team member. If you help create a safety culture for everyone on board to completely understand how to work safely and why, you make an important contribution to the evolution of your team in the work place, and beyond. With patience, and clarity from you, they will take the lessons you share with them to heart, and use them as a strong core of knowledge that will help keep them, and the rest of the team safe.
Your personal leadership and education can, and will make a real difference.Take the time to make that difference.