8 JANUARY 2018
Depending on where you are in the world and what specific industry you work in, the workload of a safety manager often dramatically decreases over the winter. Industries like construction, roadwork and landscaping slow dramatically as seasonal employee contracts come to an end, leaving you with a little extra time on your hands.
After you've tied up any loose ends from your busy season (and taken a much needed vacation), here are a few things you should tend to before your worksites grow exponentially in the spring.
Take some time to review your safety reports and statistics from the past season and use this data to inform your training and tracking plan for the next season.
Whether your safety program needs a major overhaul or a few minor tweaks, there's no season like the offseason to make those changes. If you've been toying with the idea of adding or changing processes, policies or systems, take the offseason to make those changes effectively and test them thoroughly.
Assess tools, equipment and technology and replace anything that is broken, damaged, underperforming or outdated.
Check all of your licenses, certifications and other renewable credentials and take advantage of your downtime to renew anything nearing expiry.
Maintain your leadership role by updating yourself on industry developments and legislation changes. Attend trade shows and conferences to learn about new ideas and technologies that might be useful to you, your team and your organization.
As you near the end of winter and move toward the beginning of the next season, give any employees currently on your roster a refresher on safety procedures so that they're prepared to meet the upcoming busy season head on.
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