Views: 5 Author: Pidegree Group Publish Time: 12-29-2016 Origin: Pidegree Group
Safety is no accident. Safety affects everyone in every industry. In fact, workplace injuries and illnesses significantly impact everyone whether it’s – employers profits, workers health or rising insurance costs for consumers. However, accidents are preventable with safety protocols, proper training and safety products.
The benefits of a workplace safety program can directly affect the company’s bottom line, reducing costs and improving productivity. Every workplace has hazards that endanger workers, but many of these issues are avoidable with the proper safety protocals, safety gear, and training.
1. De-clutter to prevent falls
Falls are one of the most common workplace injuries and resulted in 699 fatal injuries in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even in cases with no fatalities, falling to a lower level may cause serious injuries. Unsafe practices and a low safety culture across many industries define steady fall injury rates year after year. According to a CDC study, “Fall injuries constitute a considerable financial burden: workers’ compensation and medical costs associated with occupational fall incidents have been estimated at approximately $70 billion annually in the United Sates.”
Falls often occur in the workplace because of cluttered areas, slippery or uneven floor surfaces, floor holes, wall openings, unprotected edges and improperly positioned ladders. Although the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Association has regulations requiring specific fall protection measures for different industries, falls may still be common due to a lack of safety culture in an organization. To avoid falls, companies should ensure all working areas are free from clutter. In addition, shoe covers with rubberized grips give workers better traction.
2. A culture of safety starts with you
Understanding the unique risks at your company or in your industry helps managers create effective training. Emphasize the importance of safety so employees take it to heart. Workplace safety should be an early area of focus when new workers start at the company. Conduct regular inspections to identify anything that could become a hazard.
3. Train workers on all tools and equipment
Tools and equipment help millions of workers get their jobs done in every industry every day. Whether it’s heavy machinery in the industrial sector or surgeons tools in the medical and dental industry. Tools and equipment are needed and so is the proper training.Anyone who works with specific machinery should receive training. In addition, equipment should be regularly checked to ensure it stays in working order. Improper use of tools and equipment introduces risks into the workplace. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) –“It has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone.”
4. Reduce workplace stress
Stressed out employees are more likely to be injured on the job. Long hours tire workers, making them less aware of their surroundings. Encourage workers to talk to their supervisors if they feel high levels of stress. Allow time for regular breaks so employees have a chance to recharge.
5. Lift correctly
Picking up heavy items improperly causes back injuries and chronic pain. Workers who need to lift heavy items should use proper form to avoid injury. Lift slowly and smoothly from the thighs, not the back. After picking up a heavy item, hold it close to the body. Use mechanical aids whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of back injuries.
6. Use the right PPE for the job
With risks in nearly every industry, some sectors must provide personal protective equipment for employees. Whether it’s protection from harsh chemicals, avoiding cross-contamination, or preventing the spread of infection –PPE such as gloves are an essential tool for safety in every industry. All employees need to be educated on how to use PPE, and all gear should fit well and be comfortable, which encourages employees to make use of it. Depending on the job, personal protective equipment like work gloves, disposable gloves or face masks greatly reduces the risk of workplace injury. When it comes to disposable gloves for barrier protection, employers need to be mindful of chemical and puncture resistance, fit and latex sensitivities. All PPE should be tested before implemented across an organization. In addition to gloves, companies may need face masks, sleeves, and other protective coverings.
Safety Matters to all industries – it affects employees health, employers profits, the public’s health costs and the global economy. Employers who invest in the safety of their employees see improved morale, increased productivity, lower costs and, most importantly, fewer injuries.