Did you know that the number of fatal work injuries has reached its highest level in seven years? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal workplace injuries recorded in the 2015 Census. Each of these workplace injuries was 100% preventable. There are safety measures that you can take in your facility to prevent these injuries from occurring. To celebrate National Safety Month, here are five things you should know about safety:
- Follow proper fire safety procedures
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are in a place where they will not be easily damaged. If a cord is damaged, be sure to replace it as soon as possible. Also, make sure to maintain the appropriate number of fire extinguishers in your facility and learn how to use them properly. Test carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms to ensure they are in working order, and be sure everyone in your facility knows the proper procedures to follow in case of a fire emergency.
- Practice electrical safety
- The four main types of electrical injuries are electrocution, electric shock, burns, and falls caused as a result of contact with electrical energy. To prevent these injuries, make sure you are using the correct equipment. Choose electrical equipment that is suitable for its work environment, and maintain it in a safe condition. To avoid overloading circuits and extension cords, make sure your workplace is equipped with enough outlets. Be sure to follow all electrical safety standard regulations and best practices.
- Avoid slips and falls
- Several steps can be taken to avoid injury due to slips and falls. Clean up spills immediately, or place a “wet floor” warning sign at the spill. Keep walkways and hallways free of clutter. Avoid placing cables and cords in hallways, or cover them to prevent tripping. Lastly, encourage your workers to wear comfortable, properly fitted shoes.
- Be prepared
- Emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere. The best way to protect the workplace from emergencies is to be prepared. Have a comprehensive emergency action plan in place that deals with all types of issues specific to your facility. After developing this plan, make sure employees are informed, and refresh the contents of the plan, as needed.
- Encourage safe lifting practices
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 36 percent of injuries involving missed workdays were the result of shoulder and back injuries. Safe lifting practices can prevent injuries including back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist injuries, elbow injuries, spinal injuries, and other injuries caused by lifting heavy objects. Make sure all employees completing this task are trained on how to properly lift heavy objects.
The best way to minimize injuries in your facility is to plan and prepare. For more information, contact GCA Services Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.