Many schools are struggling to maintain safe and healthy learning and working environments because of lack of budget for the most important thing- SAFETY.
Research has shown that what parents want from schools is safety first. Although, without a budget for safety, it is impossible to meet this all important need of their customers.
The management of an organization should be at the helm of setting up a safety budget that includes all resources and funds invested into health and safety. Safety Budgets are important because they encourage thinking ahead and proactiveness when it comes to health and safety. Hence, School owners/ heads who are committed to safety should be willing to set funds aside to take care of important needs, if and when they do arise.
Did you know that without a budget in place for safety, you are securing for yourself a problematic safety system and culture? Problems and improvement needs will arise all of which cost money. But if there’s funding to fall back on, you’ll be saving yourself lots of stress and of course, money.
A serious school or business knows that safety is directly linked to their finances. Without safety, their business cannot perform well. Also, they see Safety as an investment, not a costly and unnecessary expense.
Are you battling with a poor safety system?
Here are 4 steps to guide you in creating a School Safety Budget
1. Identify your school’s objectives for the upcoming year and determine how each department will contribute to the goals and objectives for the year.
2. Align your school’s goals and objectives for the year with Health and Safety.
3. Set Health and Safety Goals
4. Stay updated on latest trends and regulations in health and safety
So you’ve created a safety budget, how can you use it?
- Safety Planning – This involves thinking ahead and being proactive when it comes to safety. Having a safety plan in advance can help curb the risk of future harm.
- Training – Equipping staff with the necessary skills and information on safety. trainings should be facilitated by certified safety consultants either virtually or physically.
- Purchasing – This involves purchasing items that will contribute the safety of a school. E.g PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
Remember, a School with a great safety culture sees safety as an investment, not a costly and unnecessary expense.
It’s time to begin allocating funds for Safety!
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