February 20 2019 0Comment

Why safe supply chain management will make your business more effective

As a supplier you know all too well the importance of safety. Without safety you won’t be chosen to supply goods and services to customers, but did you know that by focusing on safety you may actually get more customers and become a more efficient supplier?

Your supply chain is a chain of contractual agreements where each person or supplier of services plays a role in getting goods to an end user. As a business owner you are responsible to the consumer for each element of this chain, where the final responsibly for quality comes down to you.

Safe supply chain management is important for a number of reasons, first of all, because of the safety of your workers and suppliers. There is no excuse for occupational accidents as a result of poor workplace health and safety conditions; but this article isn’t about WH&S, it’s about the overall safety of your supply chain. And when we’re talking about safety, we’re not just talking about making sure the warehouse is safe, or that your have sufficient rests for your truck drivers. We’re talking about an overarching focus on safety where the entire way in which you do business focuses on safety.

If you know that your supply chain is not as safe as it should be, call us at Specialised Logistics. We help businesses just like yours convert their supply chain into a safe and efficient process. Call us today on 07 3879 3500 or contact us online.

What makes a difference with supply chain safety?

When you’re considering what makes the biggest impact on safety within your supply chain it usually comes down to three key things:

  1. Economic pressure to meet deadlines (which usually manifests towards the bottom of the supply chain) which can lead to shortcuts and compromise safety
  2. The size of your working environment and management structure
  3. No real focus on workplace safety and communication across your entire supply chain (can be seen where supply chain spreads across large distances/internationally)

You can see how this kind of pressure could manifest into safety concerns – especially if people are rushing because of pressure to perform their roles accurately and quickly.

How can you improve your safety culture?

Take responsibility for every step

Studies have shown that when workplace safety is a key part of your organisation, it has an impact on everyone at each level – especially for those people who are potentially more vulnerable and thus less likely to be able to protect themselves. It is important that you advocate for safety at every step of the supply chain, from warehousing through to road and freight transport and beyond.

Use a specialised logistics manager

When you work with a company like Specialised Logistics Australia (SLA) you know you’re in good hands. SLA are experts in all facets of supply chain management and have been working in this space for many years with companies and clients of all sizes. Whether you need assistance with warehousing and want to ensure that your products are stored safely or if you are seeking a supply chain management company who can oversee your entire shipping journey, we can help. You also enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is assuming responsibility for the safety of your process.

Audit regularly

As with anything else, you need to ensure you are auditing your business and supply chain regularly. Simply putting some safety measures in place doesn’t automatically mean people will follow them – the only way to ensure people are sticking to your safety measures is with consistent auditing.

What benefits will you see when putting safety first?

When you’re focusing on safety and championing safety as part of your workplace culture, you will see a greater feeling of value among your employees and across the supply chain as a whole. When people feel safe, they feel valued, and focusing on safety shows that you are committed to those on your team. Not to mention the fact that people can work more efficiently when they are not worried about being injured at work!

If you know that your supply chain is not as safe as it should be, call us at Specialised Logistics. We help businesses just like yours convert their supply chain into a safe and efficient process. Call us today on 07 3879 3500 or contact us online.

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