Best practices for maintaining a SECOR certified health and safety management system

Best practices for maintaining a SECOR

Having SECOR is a commitment to create a healthy and safe work environment. Therefore, it is necessary to apply effective practices to avoid risks and encourage the culture of maintaining safety at work in all team members.

How can you manage to keep your occupational health and safety practices constantly evolving? Here are some tips on how to keep this focus throughout your SECOR years.

Train every member of your team


Occupational safety is a cog that works if all the pieces of the company are aligned towards the same idea. This means it involves letting every worker know about changes and implementations in the work system.

It is important to schedule a training session where one member of the team is in charge of showing the rest of the team what the risk processes are and how to avoid the risk.

By doing so, a more effective implementation of the changes can be achieved and, at the same time, a link in the workspace can be created since suggestions and comments that promote a better occupational safety result can arise.

Incorporate appropriate equipment for all workers:

While we need workers to do their part to perform safe maneuvers in the workplace, it is the employer’s job to provide them with the tools necessary to do so.

When developing a strategy to obtain a SECOR, the company goes through a self-analysis process where risks and mitigation methods are highlighted; part of the solution is to have safety elements available for each team member.

Beyond this, it is also to offer them the opportunity to renew such equipment when they see fit, to allow all employers the confidence to discuss the wear and tear on their equipment so that it can be renewed before an incident arises, and to provide them with the opportunity to renew their equipment before an incident occurs.

Be sure to eliminate hazards in your company

After assessing the workspace, a number of recommendations can be made to achieve greater safety. Part of eliminating hazards is to make physical improvements within the company, such as:

Be sure to eliminate hazards in your company

Install handrails.

Improve lighting.

Maintain industrial equipment.

Improve chemical containers.

Establish better management of hazardous waste.

Among others.

Each of these changes will demonstrate the company’s commitment to a safe and healthy space. In addition to achieving or maintaining a SECOR, it will also cultivate a positive feeling in workers and boost their productivity.

Timely safety signage

There are several systems in place to provide signals, reminders and alerts to employees to get their attention back to safety within the company.

For example, the method of labels or colored signs can be a positive strategy to segment the areas of the company, for example, in an area of greater danger to establish a clear signal so that employees improve their work attitude.

You can also rely on technology and establish methods of real-time records, with access controls or automated systems, in this way the responsibility of the acts in terms of security will fall on the worker, so that the implementation of security measures will be more essential.

Furthermore, the posters can serve as a means of internal communication, where updates to the health and safety management plan are defined so that everyone is aware of them week after week.

Organize regular safety meetings

A monthly frequency is a good strategy; however, each company defines its time. Through these meetings, the effectiveness or not of the implementation of the health and safety system will be openly discussed.

These spaces open the door for workers to share their concerns, discomforts and even suggestions for making occupational safety more effective, as well as providing a space for communicating new updates.

As mentioned before, occupational safety is a team effort and no better way to keep the team together than by paying attention to their opinions. Regular meetings can be the key to success in companies with integrated occupational health and safety as it allows to keep the focus on the subject.

Encourage and entertain your workers

Sometimes, there can be some resistance to allow the new safe and healthy methods to intrude into the work routine, but through incentive strategies, you can skip the adaptation period.

For example, you can propose a monthly recognition to the worker with the greatest focus on operational safety, and you can even establish trivia or voluntary questionnaires with a prize for the highest score.

You can also establish a raffle with a prize for the 5 workers with the greatest focus on improving occupational health and safety.

Organize regular safety meetings

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