Almost 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers, that enhance the need of workplace safety. According to the latest record by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), while that’s 48,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases than the year prior, the numbers can still be considered high.
Workplace Safety Measures
There is always something that can be done to maintain workplace safety. Creating a safe environment does not only make employees feel more secure, it causes them to be more productive as well. Here are steps you can take to make the workplace a safer place.
Develop a Safety Plan
Employees should know what to do when an accident or emergency takes place. One way of informing them is through a safety plan. Make sure they know where to go and that they are able identify workplace hazards. Access to a first aid kit is also vital. This ensures that employees will be able to treat wounds whenever an accident happens.
Inspect Your Workplace
The physical layout of a workplace should be designed in a way wherein it is the least dangerous. Boxes should be stacked in a safe manner, hazardous objects such as knives and scissors should be kept stored, and machines or furniture should not be blocking the fire exit. Regularly checking if equipment and tools are safe to use should also be done.
Implement a Better Screening Process
When it comes to screening candidates, utilizing background checks and testing for substance abuse are essential steps to be taken before they are hired. Studies reveal that intoxicated and marijuana-using employees are more likely to cause property damage or injury because of some of the substances’ effects. Using drug test kits before employment is one way to check a candidate’s substance usage. Checking for criminal activity should also be done as these individuals might cause harm to their colleagues post-employment.
Train Your Employees
There is no point in having an emergency plan if employees do not implement it. To give them an idea of what they should do, drills should be practiced every quarter or at least six months. When it comes to using certain equipment or machinery, proper training should also be conducted to reduce the risk of potential injury. When an employee is not correctly trained, not only is the safety of the employee compromised, the company is also held liable for the incident, which may lead to serious consequences.
Upper management does not always see what is going on. When an employee feels that something is wrong or when one of their colleagues are acting erratically, having employees report to their supervisor or manager is appropriate. This will allow management to help employees that have intraoffice conflicts before matters get heated.
When an accident occurs, it is best to conduct an investigation to determine how it happened even though it did not result in a serious injury. Doing so will allow the company to take steps so that a similar incident will not happen again.
Sometimes, similar accidents can happen twice. Keeping records of all the incident investigations, workplace accidents, and use of first aid treatment will allow companies to determine what the most unsafe work procedures are. Having it documented will help them act accordingly the next time it happens.