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4 Ways to Adapt Your EH&S Program to Meet New Safety Expectations

Tech Tips - Sep 21

4 Ways to Adapt Your EH&S Program to Meet New Safety Expectations

Jennifer Stiansen
Director of Marketing
JLG Industries

Safety expectations can change quickly — and EH&S policies must adapt just as fast. By regularly revisiting your company policies, you can help keep your employees safer and empower your team to respond efficiently and quickly. 

1. Establish company-wide communication and emergency response plans. 
Building and maintaining a culture of safety should include regular reassessment and updates to communication and emergency response plans. From ensuring contact information is up to date to conducting risk assessments, taking action to review these types of elements now can help you mitigate risk as well as make more informed decisions when an emergency or unexpected challenge arises. 

2. Identify a cross-functional team to tap into in case of an emergency. 
EH&S efforts cannot work in a silo. It’s critical to build a broader team that taps expertise and insights from all relevant departments, such as human resources, IT, operations and executive leadership. Aligning a team before a crisis happens can help fill gaps in response plans, and, just as importantly, it can help build stakeholder buy-in for safety processes, policies and plans. 

3. Redefine safety metrics and incorporate them into regular reporting.
Take a hard look at your health and safety program and ask yourself, “Are there new metrics that should be captured?” It’s a good idea to evaluate this at least yearly to ensure your program meets new regulations and stays on the leading edge of safety trends. Additionally, safety metrics may not be reported on as frequently as production numbers. Show the team that safety is a priority by talking about it each and every day.

4. Update training protocols and requirements. 
In crisis situations, recommendations and guidelines may seem to shift almost daily. Revisit training to ensure protocols and requirements meet current needs and can adapt to the future. Having open-ended conversations with frontline team members can provide valuable insight into needed updates. For example, you might ask “Describe the last time you had to adapt your process.” Use the feedback to guide your training updates. 

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