Lead by example — if the boss doesn’t work in a safe and healthy way, then the rest of the team are less likely to do so.
Buy a coffee for whoever identifies the H&S “spot of the week”, eg pointing out a ladder set up on an unstable surface.
Trial run a new process or piece of equipment and ask for H&S feedback.
Get an H&S suggestion box. Let people know how you have followed up on their ideas.
If it’s time to get new machinery or personal protective equipment (PPE), ask workers to research and test out some options they think the business should buy.
Follow the news and ask workers at rest breaks what they think about reported H&S incidents and whether they think that could happen at your work — and how to prevent it.
Ask workers on a one-on-one basis what they think the business could do better to keep them safe and healthy. Ask open-ended questions to promote involvement.
Give out a regular “safety awareness prize” — perhaps a petrol voucher or movie ticket.
If someone brings up an H&S issue, say “thank you” and ask them for ideas on what the business could do about it.
Think about your work culture, and ages and ethnicities of your workers, when asking them about the best ways to get everyone involved.