Anyone who runs a business knows how important workplace safety is. Nobody wants anyone to get hurt on the job, right?
Keeping employees safe is paramount to creating a clean and healthy work environment that they will enjoy working in.
It also makes sense to ensure that your workplace is up to par with regard to local regulations and standards.
Such as the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), often referred to as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), an assessment and migration of risks that may impact the health, safety or welfare of those in your workplace.
Every business owner needs to comply with these legal requirements to ensure that a workplace is safe for everyone – from employees to customers, visitors, contractors, volunteers and even suppliers.
Aside from complying with legal requirements, workplace safety is also critical to the long-term success of any business.
A safe workplace helps:
- retain staff
- maximise productivity
- minimise employee injury and illnesses
- minimise sick leaves and absenteeism
- reduce the costs of injury and workers’ compensation
- meet legal responsibilities and employee obligations
There’s always something you can do to make sure that all your employees go home looking and feeling as great as when they started the day.
Here are a few tips on workplace safety you might also want to share with your team.
KEEP EVERY CORNER CLEAN, ORGANISED, AND CLUTTER-FREE
Slipping and tripping are usually caused by scattered objects or spills on the floor. Make sure that your workplace is always clean and fresh. Make it a habit to clean up spills straight away.
Keep the aisles clean, organised, and clutter-free to ensure that nothing’s in the way that can hurt those who are working.
USE MATS ON SLIPPERY FLOORS
Alsco’s line of wet area rubber mats is a perfect passive move towards employee safety. They’re industrial grade and capable of absorbing up to 80% of water and dirt.
Placed strategically around the office, they can save your employees from nasty slips and fall.
STORE COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS PROPERLY
When not stored properly, these combustible materials are serious fire hazards. They can put everyone’s safety at risk. Make sure these materials are stored in areas with proper ventilation.
Again, any spills or splatters made while working with these sorts of materials should be properly cleaned right away.
ENSURE PROPER TRAINING WHEN HANDLING EQUIPMENT OR MACHINERY
Any employee tasked to handle the tools, equipment, or machines should go through proper training first.
And anyone who isn’t trained should never be assigned to handle heavy machinery and should stay away from it unless there is a trained personnel present who can supervise.
CLEARLY LABEL DESIGNATED HAZARDOUS ZONES
Areas, where dangerous equipment is stored, should be clearly labelled and the walkways should be highlighted with necessary signage.
It also helps to mark the hazardous zones with tape or black and white stripes painted on the floor. This keeps employees aware of dangerous surroundings and helps them avoid accidents that may cause serious injuries.
PROVIDE CLOTHES APPROPRIATE FOR TASKS
Employees who will be using power tools should wear the proper workwear when operating such machinery.
Have them wear the right shoes and protective equipment for the task. Use only gloves that fit right and are appropriate for a certain task.
PROVIDE FIRST AID TRAINING FOR EVERYONE
Providing your employees with first aid stations goes a long way towards safety and a practical way to deal with emergencies. These wall-mounted stations must be fully stocked with a first aid kit that has all the meds and supplies needed to handle the most commonly encountered situations in the office.
IMPLEMENT EVACUATION PROCEDURES
This boosts fire safety as well as possible cases of natural disasters such as earthquakes. Everyone should also be trained how to use fire safety equipment correctly.
AVOID STOOPING OR TWISTING
Consider putting ergonomically designed furniture and equipment in your workplace. It’s also best to rearrange the work area and make sure that everything is within easy reach to prevent falling and other accidents when reaching for things.
USE MECHANICAL AIDS IN LIFTING
For tasks that involve a lot of heavy lifting, provide mechanical aids such as a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift. This can prevent back injuries.
KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE RISKS
Particular hazards of a job or workplace should always be discussed when orienting new employees. This helps them be more aware and cautious when moving around the workplace and reduces risks of work-related injury or illness.
AVOID DOING THE SAME REPETITIVE TASKS OVER AND OVER
Vary employee’s activities to keep them from doing one task for long periods of time.
It also helps to rotate people through tasks as this allows changes in their posture and activities.
KEEP TOOLS MAINTAINED PROPERLY
When using properly maintained tools, workers don’t have to use forceful movements when using them, preventing injuries.
REDUCE WORKPLACE STRESS
The most common causes of stress and work burn-out are long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts. These can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties, and affect employees concentration.
Promote healthy lifestyle and create a stress-free environment in the workplace.
STAY HYDRATED ALL THE TIMES
Encourage your employees to drink lots of water every day. Drinking more water, juices, and other non-alcoholic drinks at frequent intervals will help a lot in replacing all the fluids they’ve lost from work.
GIVE REGULAR BREAKS
Employees that have regular breaks tend to feel more fresh and alert than those who don’t. Let employees rest in a cool place. This helps to avoid injuries or burnouts.
BE PREPARED IN REAL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
First aid ably covers the basics. But what happens in a true emergency? Cardiac arrests can happen at any time or place.
It’s only right that you have an automated external defibrillator ready in situations like this so you and your employees have a simple yet effective response to a potentially dangerous emergency.
Regular checks and maintenance, instructions on proper use are all included. Even the unit itself gives simple step-by-step instructions for use so anyone can use when the need be.
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