Employee injuries can prove costly on many levels. In addition to personal pain, the injury can lead to lost production and costly workers’ compensation claims. In some cases, an incident that could have been easily prevented results in major expenses for the company. To avoid these situations, use the following safety tips.
Make a plan: Every business should have a safety and wellness plan. This plan should cover procedures for accident prevention and how to handle workplace injuries. All employees should be thoroughly trained on these procedures. Make this training part of your onboarding process and provide regular reviews of safety measures for all staff.
Educate employees: In addition to familiarizing employees with your company plan, educate them on general safety measures. For example, basic training in safe lifting and moving practices can be helpful in many settings. Assess what training your employees may need or want and dedicate the resources to this important component of worker education.
Train employees: Beyond general safe practices, train employees on specific machinery operation. Never allow an employee to operate equipment without first completing proper training. Depending on the situation, this training may vary from a quick explanation to extensive certification training.
Research safety: Are you aware of the potential safety concerns for your setting? Study up on accidents that are common for your type of business and learn how to prevent them. A little research can go a long way in preventing workplace injuries.
Provide equipment: The right tools for the job can make all the difference in the world. Keep employees safe and prevent injury by ensuring they have the proper equipment to perform their tasks. This includes safety equipment. Proper use of gloves, goggles, hats, and other personal protection equipment should be required and monitored.
Staff appropriately: Overworked employees are more likely to suffer injury. Don’t try to accomplish too much with too few staff. Be realistic with your goals as you hire, schedule overtime, and assign employees to various tasks. If a job requires three people to do it safely, don’t try to do it with two. If a job could be dangerous if attempted while drowsy, don’t schedule it for the end of a double shift.
Complete inspections: If your employees use vehicles, equipment, or other machinery to complete their jobs, it’s essential that these are inspected regularly. Routine inspections and maintenance are crucial to the proper functioning of this equipment. The ongoing care of your equipment will prevent sudden malfunctions or breakdowns that can result in worker injury.
Stay organized: An orderly workplace is a safer workplace. Keep work areas free of debris. Arrange furniture and equipment to provide adequate walkways and workspaces. Store safety gear in an organized fashion and in an easily accessible location.
Post signage: Clearly mark potential hazards. Post signs that remind workers to use protective gear and indicate where this equipment can be found. Use signs to warn employees of common injuries and how to avoid them.
Seek input: Have you ever asked your employees about workplace safety? Be open to input from workers about their environment. Do they feel safe? Is there anything you could provide that would make their tasks safer to complete? Let employees know you value their feedback, and consider how you can implement their suggestions to further improve safety and reduce risk.