When things are going well and business is good, it is easy to develop a false sense of security and let safety precautions slide. But if life has made one thing abundantly clear, accidents always happen when you least expect them. The last thing you need is to be derailed by an on-the-job accident. Here are some ways to keep your workplace accident free.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is especially true with providing your employees with safety training. Pinpoint each potential hazard at your business and train your employees how to navigate their environment safely. This is important for obvious hazards, such as anything involving machinery, power tools, sharp edges, chemicals, heights, heavy freight, and heat. For these hazards, teach your employees the proper way to use tools and machinery, how to harness up when climbing, to wear protective clothing when working with chemicals and heat, and the right way to lift heavy items.
Safety training is also critical for less-obvious hazards. Even office workers are at risk of debilitating injuries. Poor office ergonomics can lead to neck pain, back problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Improper lighting can lead to eye strain. Wet floors can cause serious falls, while misplaced supplies are notorious for causing tripping accidents. People who sit at a desk all day have a higher risk of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, varicose veins, and even certain types of cancer. Thoroughly train your employees to follow safety rules and procedures.
Invest in Safety Measures
One common place for work accidents to occur is in the parking lot or when driving company-owned vehicles. Investing in safety measures to mitigate these risks can save you a great deal of time and money. Directing the flow of traffic on company roadways and parking lots can help reduce accidents. You can use temporary traffic control devices to keep workers safe on the road. To promote safe driving in company-owned vehicles, install a driver tracking device on each vehicle.
Make First Aid and Emergency Supplies Available
Your business should be equipped with basic first aid supplies, spill stations, and enough safety equipment for everyone. You should also create an evacuation plan and go over it with your employees on a regular basis. Train each team member on basic first aid and practice often. If supplies are readily available and your employees have practiced, they will be able to perform better in the case of an actual emergency.
Don’t wait until it is too late to implement safety measures at work. Being prepared will keep both you and your employees safe.
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