Managers who oversee teams commonly face several challenges related to productivity and communication. Knowing how to recognise these challenges and address them helps increase a manager’s confidence and ability to lead a team. Managing a team, warehouse equipment, safety checks, and the overall efficiency of your workplace can be a challenging group of tasks in any heavy industry.

Industrial facilities have unique challenges because hazards and incidents affect more than just the people on the factory floor. Albeit challenging, these are considerations that will improve the awareness of your employees, which will greatly benefit overall production and quality.

  1. Meeting safety requirements

As the managing head of your organisation, you know how your system works, the way you do business, and the hazards your work entails. As such, you are the most capable person of creating safety solutions or safety programs that your unique organisation requires.

This might mean you need to review your workplace’s health and safety systems. Do they meet the minimum safety requirements? Are they consistent with the requirements of your place of assignment? Are they effective when implemented?

A great way to start is by simply involving your personnel – listen to their specific concerns and respond openly to them. When it comes to larger businesses that involve more hazardous environments, there are written policies and procedures you can follow along with the help of a full-time safety director.

Commit resources to protect your employees. The best way to let them know that they are expected to follow safe work practices is by displaying it as a priority. Along with putting effort into making safety important, lead by example, and make sure you’re following the guidelines yourself.

  1. Training employees to work together

Training employees to be efficient and cooperative is vital to the organisation and is beneficial to the overall success of your workplace. Their training should be based on their job level, department, and location. This is due to each area having its own set of unique hazards they may be exposed to at work and educating them on ways to protect themselves.

Make daily safety inspections part of their routine. Keep them up to date with safety-related issues, and always value employee input and feedback. It is good practice to be able to motivate them and actively encourage your employees to get involved, ensuring everyone does their part.

  1. Holding toolbox meetings

“Toolbox talks” or meetings are essential in the industrial workplace because they involve learning safe work practices that contribute to an improved safety culture.

One thing to know about holding toolbox meetings is to always ensure that the topic is relevant to your employees, your industry, and your job site. It is also important to keep them brief and direct. Address new and relevant topics that demonstrate your point, and always keep a positive tone. Incident investigations are a reactive approach to negative occurrences in the workplace, whereas safety talks can be a way to turn things around and help encourage employees to demonstrate safe behaviour to prevent incidents.

  1. Continually Improving Your System

You need to constantly review your safety program’s strengths and weaknesses and assess if they need improvement. It’s important to ask whether your safety programs accurately reflect how you want to manage the health and safety of your workplace. You safety program should be reviewed annually, whilst investigating accidents and other close calls are done on an as needs basis. Conducting frequent inspections on specific equipment and processes, documenting all safety efforts, and evaluating the effectiveness of your training and meetings are all great ways to keep a current picture of your safety program.

 

Partner with a Trusted Equipment Supplier

Whether you’re in the warehousing or logistics industry, it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure the safety of your workers and uphold a healthy work environment.

Dexters has been in the industry for over 20 years, and we understand the unique challenges of managing a warehouse and logistics workplaces. That’s why it’s become one of our main goals to provide smart and creative industrial safety products that will improve your business’s overall efficiency and promote safe practices in your place of work. Contact us to find out more!