A 10-Point Checklist for a Safer Workplace

Do you know your company’s exposure to the ten workplace hazards most frequently cited as a violation of OSHA standards?  Emergent Safety is always available for safety audits that will help you identify your risks and provide safety solutions to protect your organization. 

Here is a simplified OSHA Top Ten Checklist for reviewing your risks and improving your prevention plans.
[  ] 1. Prevent Falls – Every week, more than 100 Americans are killed on the job by falling from a roof, stepping in a hole, or landing on a dangerous surface or machine. Setting up your workplace to prevent falls is the single most important safety strategy you can pursue.
[  ] 2. Improve Communication – Make sure hazard information is provided to all workers, is thoroughly understood and is displayed at all locations where dangerous processes or hazardous chemicals are used. Also check to confirm that appropriate labeling and safety data sheets are in use. 
[  ] 3. Study OSHA Guidelines for Scaffolding – At least one fatality is reported each week involving the failure of scaffolding, due to defective planking, failed structure or falling objects. 
[  ] 4. Enforce the Use of Protective Breathing Equipment – Each year, thousands of workers develop illnesses or receive injuries from hazardous dust, smoke, gas or chemical mist. Train your people to know, use and dependably wear their protective equipment. 
[  ] 5. Study Your Machines – Heavy workplace machines can cut, crush, burn or electrocute workers with pneumatic, hydraulic, thermal or electrical energy. Make sure your lockout/tagout procedures meet OSHA standards, and train for worker compliance. 
[  ] 6. Conduct Special Training for Ladders – Injuries involving ladders are so common, they warrant special attention, especially if you are in construction. OSHA maintains standards, offers training, and publishes detailed guides for how to use ladders safely. 
[  ] 7. Certify Forklift Operators – The pandemic economy is increasingly reliant on fast-paced warehouse work, and accidents are common, as a worker is struck by a forklift or an operator drives off an elevated surface. Make sure your operators get professional training, know OSHA standards and follow them. 
[  ] 8. Train Using OSHA Standards and Guides – No matter what business you are in, OSHA can help you train to their standards on everything from material handling and fire prevention to hazardous materials and PPE. Special training is available for industries from construction to maritime to power generation. 
[  ] 9. Double Check Custom Machine Hazards – You know your processes better than anyone. Never let a worker disable a manufacturer’s machine guards, and make sure all custom processes have guards designed to prevent injuries from capture, crushing, burning or electrical shock. 
[  ] 10. Enforce Eye Protection  Each day, over 100 workers receive an eye injury serious enough to miss work, and 60% of the time, they were not wearing eye protection. OSHA can help with selection of proper PPE to comply with standards, but management must ensure that protective gear is used.  

Emergent Safety focuses on the elimination of hazards.  Let us provide a safety solution to protect your most valuable asset, your people!