This is a personality trait that exists in most of us. I will get that job done when I have cleaned up the yard. We all know how tasks can cascade very quickly and we start to lose sight of what we set out achieve in the first place.
Setting clear goals (with realistic timeframes) means we can achieve anything, even those tasks that are not that appealing. But these tasks are usually the ones that are the most satisfying once completed.
What if you started each day fresh. Knowing what must get done each day is half the battle of achieving your goals.
We suggest treating your safety system the same way. Sure, set some goals but make sure you just start. Safe Ag Systems can be implemented as you go about your daily activities. Larger businesses with many employees may dedicate time (or an entire role) to implement their safety system. If you dedicate an hour a day you will be surprised how quickly you will end up with a robust, comprehensive system.
5 Habits to integrate safety into your day
Implementing a safety system takes time. It’s important to understand why you are doing to it to make sure you use it and get those around you on board. But the sooner you start working these 5 habits into your daily routine, the sooner you will be on your way to operating a safer business.
1) Start the conversation
Improvements can be made when suggestions are welcomed. If you don’t question the status quo from time to time, you may miss an opportunity to improve your processes.
2) Audit your current system
Using a safety inspection tool or checklist to determine what could cause harm will help you to start making improvements.
3) Start small (in a way that makes sense to you)
As you go about your daily activities, start to think about recording them. Machinery maintenance, safety checklists, identifying hazards or things that need fixing. By getting into the habit of documenting the key tasks you perform, you will be surprised how quickly your safety system evolves.
4) Promote safety in your agribusiness, always
By having a sound and robust system in place you are likely to be more attractive to new business and help to retain your employees.
5) Learn from your mistakes
Mistakes can be made and accidents can happen. Make sure you have a process in place to review and discuss possible solutions. It’s also important to have a record of these improvements to prove your business has a safety focus.