1. Safety Equipment & Required Signs The safety coordinator should determine what safety equipment is required in each area. They should then determine the location of the signs required for each area such as in the main workplace, offices, computer rooms, stairwells and parking logs. Signage should be ordered and installed promptly. Periodic reviews should be made to insure that the signs are still adequate. 2. Safety Awareness Posters An integral part of a safety program is communication to inform workers and others entering the area about safety concerns. These should be thought provoking or humorous signs to highlight safety issues. They should be placed in high traffic areas and be rotated weekly or bi-weekly so they do not become common-place. These signs should be in all languages that are used in the workplace. Posters can be ordered from a number of vendors. 3. Safe Days Posters Communicate to the entire workforce how well (or poorly) the safety program is working by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of employees who work safely. At the entrance of the facility, post the number of consecutive workdays without an injury for the facility and also by department. This rewards the departments that are doing well and creates competition between departments. (workersxzcompxzkit) 4. Safety Recognition & Incentive Programs A Safety Recognition Program may be considered after the rest of the safety program is implemented, is meeting its stated objectives and goals, and is being maintained. It is a small part of an effective safety program. Safety bingo is a popular program.
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