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Enforce OSHA Compliance Without Micromanaging

Chris Mumford

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Chris Mumford | September 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Enforce OSHA Compliance Without Micromanaging

When it comes to OSHA compliance and safety training, it’s the little things that make the difference.

Unfortunately for construction owners and managers, this often means keeping a close eye on operations at all times to prevent potentially dangerous and costly lapses.

To workers, this often feels like micromanagement. They want to be free to do their work in their own way, and they want their superiors to trust that they’ll take all necessary safety precautions without needing their hand held.

So what’s an owner or manager to do? Ultimately, safety should be the highest priority on any construction site, but does it always have to come at the expense of employee morale?How to Enforce OSHA Compliance Without Micromanaging

The answer, thankfully, is no. With the right tools, such as Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, owners and managers can keep employees accountable for their safety without pestering them constantly.

Centralize Communications

One of the quickest ways to make employees feel like they’re being micromanaged is to hound them with calls, emails and other reminders for relatively small concerns. This is why it’s important to have an accurate, centralized database where safety-related information and inspections can be tracked.

For example, if a construction company needs to make sure that it is regularly following proper safety protocols when using scaffolding, they can enter relevant inspections into their CMMS system to make sure they aren’t missed. This is a much more reliable method of preventing this common variety of worksite accidents, and it doesn’t require a flood of annoying emails, phone calls, and other reminders.

Using a digital system to track safety-related information places workers in the driver’s seat, as they are ultimately responsible for updating and maintaining the data entered into it. At the same time, owners and managers have an easy way to check whether critical inspections are being done, and to track who has pieces of safety equipment, etc.

This way, both managers and workers are working out of one system, reducing the need for back and forth communications. If workers are failing to enter information consistently, then managers can step in to enforce compliance—but this is ultimately much easier than having to pester workers over each individual safety issue.

Build a Record of Compliance

Even when all safety protocols are followed, accidents can still occur. This is why it’s vital for every company to maintain a solid record of compliance. The injuries, lost productivity, and downtime associated with worksite accidents are costly enough. When OSHA fines are added, the costs can become ruinous.

If construction firms track their safety activities in a centralized database, they will not only cut down micromanagement but also create proof of their due diligence.

In the world of construction, where deadlines are tight and there’s little room for error, any solution that can accomplish multiple tasks while helping maintain high morale can be a game changer.

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