Starting the New Year with Safety

While many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier or work out more, when it comes to the workplace, you should think about a resolution for improved safety. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 2.8 million workplace injuries reported in 2014, many of which involved back injuries or falls. The new year is a great time to commit to routine safety checks, review proper safety policies and procedures, and establish safety goals for your facility.

Here are some tips to help you to start the year off right:

  1. Check fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors

    The number-one tip in fire safety is prevention. Take a few minutes every week to ensure the batteries in your alarms are working properly. Test the smoke alarms monthly for proper alarm sounds, and use this alarm system checklist to guarantee your facility is ready for an emergency.

  2. Check personal safety equipment and review good safety practices

    On a daily basis, about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. Additionally, many workers may be at risk for contracting infectious diseases from exposure to harmful contaminants in the workplace. Follow this eye safety checklist to be better prepared this year. Also make sure you have an adequate supply of safety goggles, gloves, masks, and other personal safety equipment that may be needed in your facility.

  3. Review steps for safe lifting to avoid injury

    Back injuries affect over 600,000 employees every year, with the frequency of back injury only expected to increase as the average age of workers increases. Review steps for safe lifting in the workplace with employees to ensure they’re following safety policies and procedures.

  4. Review good practices for avoiding slips and falls at work
  5. Slips and falls are two of the most common causes of major workplace injuries, with almost 90 percent of slips and falls resulting in broken bones. Good practices for avoiding these injuries include keeping floors clean and dry, adding lighting to dark areas, and proper use of stepstools and ladders. Check out GCA's blog post on how to avoid falls for more safety tips.

While the rate of workplace injuries has steadily decreased since 2003, there’s always room for improvement to reduce the number of injuries suffered at work. Now is the perfect time to get a fresh start on safety in your facility and set safety goals you’d like to achieve this year.  

For more information about workplace accidents, take a look at our blog post about the five common workplace accidents and how you can prevent them. To learn how you can start your year on a safer note, contact GCA Services Group at