I want to share some tips on how to approach your fellow workers when it comes to health and safety issues. We’re all in this together, and it’s important that we look out for each other’s well-being.
So, let’s dive into it with a friendly and problem-solving attitude.
Approach with Care
First things first, approach your co-worker with a friendly and understanding attitude.
Remember, sometimes people don’t realise they’re doing something unsafe. We all have our habits, and safety might not be top of mind.
So, no finger-pointing here, and don’t assume they’re intentionally being unsafe.
Be Clear and Concerned
When discussing their behaviour, be clear and objective.
Avoid sounding like you’re criticising them.
Instead of saying something like, “I can’t believe you climbed the ladder that way! Don’t you know what could happen?” try a more empathetic approach.
Say something like, “I saw the way you climbed that ladder, and I’m concerned you could get hurt.”
This way, you’re showing them that you genuinely care about their safety.
Explain the Why
It’s crucial not just to point out the problem but also to offer a solution.
Give clear instructions on the right behaviour and explain why it matters.
For instance, say, “I’d prefer that you get someone to hold the ladder for you. We want you to go home safely. If that means taking time to get help, I’d rather you do that than rush and risk getting hurt.”
By doing this, you’re guiding them and helping them understand the importance of the change.
Secure Their Commitment
Research has shown that people are more likely to follow through when they commit to change.
So, after your discussion, check if they understand and are on board.
You could ask, “Can I count on you to do this?” or “Do you agree to this?”
This step ensures that everyone is on the same page and committed to a safer work environment.
Offer Your Support
Lastly, let them know that you’ve got their back.
Tell them that if anyone questions their new behaviour or if they spot a risk themselves, you’re there to support them.
Leading by example and being consistent with health and safety practices is essential.
Say something like, “If anybody questions why you’re doing it this way, I can help explain it to them and let them know I expect all staff, including me, to do it this way.”
Remember, you’re a team, and you’re all responsible for each other’s safety.
By approaching these safety conversations with care and understanding, you can create a culture of health and safety that benefits you all.
Stay safe, and look out for one another!