Most companies know that incident prevention is important, but not many know how to implement it. Creating an effective incident prevention plan can be challenging and sometimes difficult to know how to start. The following list is a set of guidelines to assist you in this valuable endeavor.
Cooperation of Management and Employees
Without complete buy-in, even the best incident prevention techniques will not work. The nature of an incident is that of the unexpected. No one knows when it will happen, where it will happen, or to whom it will happen. If that were the case, it would never happen in the first place.
To achieve cooperation from management and employees, two obstacles must be hurdled. First, you need to make safety exciting. Sounds crazy, right? Most employees, however, don’t care about “safety” because it’s boring. Instead of creating a black and white presentation, start getting interactive. Give your employees sample incidents, and let them brainstorm together. Let them come to conclusions on their own. If you start with this “employee-first” conversation, it will be easier to get buy-in from them moving forward.
Leadership Takes on Leadership Roles
It’s time for the leadership of the company to step fully into their roles. Matthew Adams, Director of Communications at Tru-Colour Bandages, defines leadership in a relevant and authentic manner. He states, “Leadership is having the humility to put your employees first so that the company can grow. Leaders should invest time [in] employees and make sure that they feel comfortable in the workplace. This increases the functionality and efficiency of the company.” From this perspective, leaders are responsible for their employees’ peace of mind, which ultimately drives greater performance. Safety and security are the top factors in that peace of mind.
Seek & Use Only The Best Technology And Information
If you wanted to make sure you didn’t get injured on your bike ride, you wouldn’t wear a helmet made of thin plastic. You would seek out the best quality helmet with thick padding. Your incident management software should be the same.
Some common systems will silo applications rather than connecting the process from start to finish. Valor Systems is an incident management software that gives information from the initial 911 call to the final incident reporting. Its comprehensive approach provides its customers with complete confidence in incident prevention and management.
Find out more about Valor’s incident management systems here.
OHS Policy Implementation From The Start
The trouble many companies have in trying to implement security policies is that they don’t start doing anything until something has gone wrong. While this is still important to do, and the age-old saying, “Better late than never,” still applies, the most effective prevention will happen if standard policies are implemented from the start. To achieve that buy-in that everyone wants, it is best to start from square one so that no one can reference a time when the policies didn’t exist.