Employee Monitoring for Worker Safety Made Simple
Employee monitoring can be a pretty vague concept to wrap one’s head around. In fact, there are several different interpretations, some with negative connotations, of the term itself. Employee monitoring, when used for safety concerns as opposed to disciplinary issues, is a valuable and effective way to help ensure the safety of your employees. We understand that implementing an employee monitoring system within your workplace safety practices can seem daunting, and there are various aspects to consider that can affect how successful it may be. However, at its core, employee monitoring for safety requires just three basic elements. Read on to learn these basic factors.
Methods of reporting
Reporting is absolutely THE biggest staple of an employee monitoring system. Any and all employees that work in dangerous conditions, especially remote employees and employees that work alone, should regularly report into the worksite about their location, working conditions and their safety using a known and standardized system. Employees should know who to report to, what means of communication that they should use to report and how often to do so. If there are set regulations for reporting set in place, the opportunity to identify emergencies and respond quickly greatly increases.
In the event that an emergency does occur, appropriate procedures should be set in place to ensure that help is quickly provided. This includes who must be informed according to an emergency hierarchy of escalation, who will take the actions needed to get outside help and how the incident should be included. This will allow the necessary people to be aware of the situation and use their specific company-related knowledge to take the quickest and most effective actions in order to alleviate the situation.
Recording and reference
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, any instances must be recorded once reported. Your reports should be reviewed and used as reference points for any alterations or additions that may need to be made to your employee monitoring or overall workplace safety policies. Because of this, records should include as many details as possible, including the incident that occurred as well as how it was taken care of. The more you can learn about a previous mishap, the more you can learn from it and the more you can do to prevent it from happening in the future.
By simply employing these three basic facets, you have already laid the solid groundwork required of an effective employee monitoring safety program. For more information on how to successfully utilize employee monitoring for safety, see our free guide, “Employee Monitoring for Safety: How it Should Work.”