Workplace safety is a huge topic for all organizations, both big and small. In this article we are going to cover 8 safety tips for the workplace. The most valuable assets in the company are the employees, making safety the highest priority.
Your company may have its own set of safety procedures and guidelines, but here are some general safety tips that can help create and promote a safer work environment:
1. Observe and practice the correct procedures established for your job.
Many companies have safety procedures and guidelines for employees to follow, but some positions may require extra safety precautions. Warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, corporate offices and other places of business all have unique risks for employees and for customers. Review the safety procedures required of your position and make sure you are following them correctly. If you have a question or concern, contact your supervisor or manager for further instruction, guidance, or training. Companies that do not follow standard safety guidelines can be reported to OSHA which can be detrimental to the company, it’s best to provide a safe work environment from the start.
2. Report any unsafe conditions or acts to your supervisor.
If you see anything out of place or someone doing something incorrectly, tell your supervisor or management. These procedures can be a simple as not lifting heavy boxes correctly or failing to use safety glasses when working with power tools. It’s easier to train employees on how to stay safe then find replacements to cover them if they are unable to make it to work due to an injury.
It is important that hazardous conditions and acts are reported immediately.
3. Report any sickness or injury to your supervisor immediately.
This is just as important as reporting unsafe conditions or acts. If you get sick or injured on the job, no matter how minor, you should tell your supervisor right away. Not only do workman’s’ compensation claims need to be filed promptly, but if left untreated even minor injuries can turn into something more severe. Your safety and health should be your number one priority, so don’t take any injuries or sickness lightly. Near misses are just as important to report, so we can build on lessons learned.
4. Keep your workspace clean and organized.
Whether you have a desk job or you work in a warehouse, keeping your area neat and tidy is important for workplace safety. Keep items off the floor, put all personal items in a safe place, and keep any and all distractions to a minimum.
Not only is this important for employees but for customers as well. Items laying on the floor out of your line of site can be a tripping hazard. It’s also important to keep pathways wide enough for ADA compliance, this is also important in case of emergencies so medics can reach an injured person if need be.
Not only should you avoid clutter but disinfecting your work area can help prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria making the workplace healthier. It’s also important to clean up dust, mold, dirt and other debris that is unhealthy for your airway. A clean, fresh environment is not only healthier and safer, but more stimulating to work in.
5. Ensure a clear and easy route to emergency exits and equipment.
Do not block fire extinguishers or alarms. Make sure all emergency exits are easily and readily accessible. Both emergency equipment and emergency exits should be regularly maintained to ensure they are in proper working order.
Be sure to install smoke detectors throughout the workplace. It is also important to practice fire drills and talk about what to do in the event of an emergency. Installing smoke detectors that are tied into a centrally monitored security system can also ensure speedy response time from the fire department.
6. Be attentive to your work surroundings.
Remain awake and alert in your workspace. Being attentive and alert can prevent any workplace related injuries. Be conscious of others around you and what they are doing so you don’t pose a hazard to them and vice versa. It’s important to know what and who is around you. Especially for the first person in and last person out it is important to scan the surrounding walkways and parking areas for anything out of the ordinary. If you feel unsafe, you should call for support from management or the police (if you feel you are in harm’s way) rather then put yourself in a risky situation. One best practice to implement within your business is to have at least two individuals on duty during opening and closing.
7. Dress appropriately for your specific workspace and/or task.
If your position or a certain task requires you to wear protective equipment, make sure you have and wear safety glasses, protective headgear and foot gear, safety harnesses, etc. As a rule, you should be following the general guidelines for dress code set forth in your employee handbook. Even if you company does not require a specific dress code, take into consideration what is best for your health and safety.
8. Make safety a team effort.
Make sure everyone is educated about the safety requirements established by the organization. Participate in workplace safety training if necessary and work together to develop emergency plans and procedures. Remember to always keep communication lines open with your co-workers, employers, and employees. Open communication can promote and maintain a safe environment.
Safety is no accident! It is a lifestyle, and it begins with you!
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