Making sure your employees stay safe is vital both for their health and for the health of your business. Paying workers compensation and losing good workers to injuries can have a big impact on the success of your company.
So how can you better ensure employee safety in the workplace? Well, the good news is that there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to make work safer for everyone.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover our top 10 tips for safety in the workplace.
1. Pinpoint Possible Hazards
There’s no way you can possibly ensure safety in the workplace if you don’t know what the possible hazards are first.
Take your time to analyze the working conditions. Do you see any wet or oily spots on the floor? How about potentially dangerous equipment? Write all this down and create a list of potential hazards. Then think of ways the risk can be reduced.
2. Train Employees Properly
Once you’ve decided on the proper safety protocol, it’s important to train all of your employees. And make sure your training process is thorough.
Many employers choose to use an online safety training company, like SafetySkills, and give some type of test at the end of employee safety training. This helps to confirm that the employees understand the hazards of the job as well as proper safety protocol.
Creating a safety manual that your employees can take home may motivate them to read through it every so often. Signs reviewing some important safety protocols can be hung by potential hazards to refresh your employee’s memories as they move into hazardous areas.
3. Schedule Safety Refresher Courses
While signs and take-home safety manuals may help some people remember their training, they aren’t an effective way to ensure that the entire training course is retained.
Regular safety refresher courses are a great way to remind employees about safety in the workplace protocols. You may choose to do these annually and include extra courses when preventable injuries happen at work.
4. Require the Proper Safety Gear
Many employees, such as construction workers, scientists, hospital workers, and welders require job-specific safety gear.
Research whether or not your employees need gear like hard hats, steel-toed boots, safety goggles, or gloves. If they do, require that all employees wear this special gear when needed.
You may even opt to provide your employees with the proper gear to make sure it’s high quality and to avoid potential dilemmas if employees can’t afford their own gear.
5. Make Sure Equipment is Used Correctly
Using heavy machinery always has some risks involved. Machines can malfunction or be used incorrectly which can lead to potentially fatal injuries.
To help ensure safety in the workplace, make sure your employees know how to use the machines properly. Train your employees on how to use complicated machines or require that they get certified if necessary.
6. Replace Faulty Equipment
If your equipment is faulty, it won’t matter how careful your employee was. Malfunctioning machinery or equipment can cause severe injuries even to the safest worker.
Regularly checking your equipment can help boost safety in the workplace. Purchasing new machinery when you notice your old machines are starting to decline is the best way to get ahead of the game and prevent injuries before they happen.
7. Prevent Spills
A little bit of water on the floor may not seem dangerous. However, slips and trips are the second most common type of nonfatal workplace injuries. They are also a very common cause of injury in office settings.
To prevent slips, make sure you identify anything the can cause water to accumulate, such as leaking pipes or a lack of doormat to absorb water on rainy days. Then, take the necessary precautions to solve the source of the leak.
However, sometimes spills can be unpreventable. Make sure you have plenty of wet floor signs and instruct your employees to put them out when they notice wet or oily spots on the floor. Have a plan to clean spills up quickly to prevent falls and slips.
8. Know How to Lift
Lifting heavy equipment can be very strenuous and could potentially cause back problems.
If your employees will have to do heavy lifting as part of their job, be sure to train them on how to lift properly – with the legs, not the back.
You may also opt to purchase machinery to help with heavy lifting or implement policies that require several employees to lift objects over a certain weight.
9. Have Clear Emergency Exits
If an emergency, such as a fire, does occur, you’ll want to know that your employees have a quick and safe way out.
This is why you should have designated emergency exits that are clearly marked. Keep all clutter away from the exits, so your employees will have a clear path if an emergency strikes.
10. Reduce Employee Stress
You may not think of employee stress as a safety in the workplace concern. But, employee stress can lead to higher healthcare costs, more medical problems, and a higher risk of accidents at work.
To avoid this, you’ll want to help keep your employees relaxed, yet focused. There are a few things you can do to reduce employee stress, such as setting clear expectations and encouraging employees to take daily breaks.
How to Ensure Safety in the Workplace
Safety in the workplace can be a huge concern for all employers. While offices may seem safe, injuries and accidents can still occur.
It’s your job as an employer to provide your employees with a safe workplace and the tools to increase their own personal safety while on the job.
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