Top 5 Workplace Safety Tips
Workplace injuries affect everybody in every industry – from the workers’ health to employers’ profits and high insurance costs. With appropriate safety protocols, equipment and products, workplace accidents are preventable.
However, workplace safety cannot exist on best policies and guidelines alone. To have a safe working environment, everybody –from the management to the subordinate staff – needs to communicate and adhere to safety standards.
Safety practices should not only apply to the office environments but also in industrial workplaces such as warehouses, construction sites, as well as manufacturing plants and factories. A workplace safety program will be enhanced if the workers can identify and raise concern over unsafe conditions and practices.
Here are a few safety tips to a better working environment:
- Provide a platform where workers can channel unsafe conditions
The management needs to be informed about any safety risks and hazards as soon as possible. In fact, they are legally obligated to make sure that the employees are working under a safe environment and will take care of any safety issues that pose a risk to the workers.
- Make emergency exits accessible
When a disaster strikes, you will need a quick and seamless access to the emergency exits. Elevators should never be used as emergency exits. Stairs are always the recommended designated escape routes. Also, make clear access to equipment and systems shutoffs in the event you need to shut them down immediately.
- Provide proper training
Periodic assessment of your personnel on safety issues is an important step for enhancing safety at the workplace. Workers should be trained on using the machinery and equipment to prevent further accidents.
Other important safety instructions and training may include keeping workers aware of potential safety hazards and providing proper protection gear. Furthermore, the management should get their workers on board with workplace safety efforts and encourage them to be active members of the crucial process. They can also share the inherent risks that the particular job presents as well as provide incentives and rewards for exemplary workplace safety behavior.
- Prevent slips and falls
Slips and falls are considered to be one of the leading causes of nonfatal occupational injuries. According to OSHA’s standards, workplaces should be orderly and clean always. Employers should provide appropriate flooring such as carpets to hold up better floor conditions.
- Use Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
Every industry has its safety risks. For some sectors such as construction and manufacturing, workers need to be provided with protection equipment such as gloves, face masks, protective goggles, earmuffs, helmets, and more.
Moreover, all workers should be trained on how to properly use the protective gears. The gears should also be comfortable to wear and properly fit the workers. Protective gear will greatly reduce the risk of workplace injury.
Better Safe than Sorry
At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we are proactive advocates of safety. You need to ensure your building is free from any safety hazards. Call us today on (512) 345 6620 for exceptional inspection services. We conduct all types of building inspections to ensure that your workplace, construction site, warehouse, or any other industrial facility is safe to use and work in.