Did you know that 107,000 preventable workplace injuries occur in the U.S. every day? No matter an employee’s profession, their safety should always be the company’s number-one concern. According to OSHA, not only does practicing safe work procedures lead to fewer injuries, but it also lowers costs and increases productivity. It’s important to routinely examine your company’s safety procedures, so to get started, here are five simple safety tips:
- Workplace Training
Did you know that OSHA standards explicitly require employers to train employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs? It is because of this training that workplace deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014. By ensuring your employees receive proper training, the number of accidents that occur at your facility should be minimized.
- Be Prepared
You never know what will happen with the unpredictability of weather. Many workers are unsure of what to do when a surprise storm rolls in, a flood washes away anything in its path, a fire blazes, or an earthquake hits. Make sure to have a plan in place to help improve how employees prepare for and respond to severe weather conditions.
- Wear the Correct Equipment
Proper tools and equipment are essential for a safe work environment. Make sure to have a strict policy that prohibits staff members from working if they are not dressed in proper clothing, such as closed-toe shoes, work gloves, and protective eyewear. It is also a facility manager’s responsibility to make sure that there is adequate safety signage, all products and equipment are in proper working condition, and the facility is well stocked in case of an emergency.
- Avoid Overexertion
Overexertion is the number-one cause of injuries at work. Accidents related to physical exertion, including lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, bending, reaching, and kneeling, cost businesses an estimated $1 billion per week in direct workers' compensation costs alone. By taking preventive measures, you can save your company thousands of dollars and make job sites safer for employees.
- Use Common Sense
In the end, it is up to your employees to use common sense to prevent injuries when they are on the clock. They need to realize when it is time to take a break, or ask for help with a certain task that is too much for one person to handle. Make sure to encourage them to use caution, follow safety practices, and to always put their individual safety first.
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