At Emergent Safety, we believe the best way to keep employees and customers safe is by preventing incidents before they happen. Creating a safe work environment increases productivity, prevents accidents, and builds worker loyalty to the company.
What are some steps you can take to ensure a safe work environment?
1. Proper training
A poorly trained employee might cost your company in more ways than one. Employees that have not been properly trained in handling tools and materials, or in company procedures are a safety risk to themselves and their co-workers. As an employer, it is up to you to identify risks to your employees and create a simple process on what to do in case of an incident.
2. Assess the Workplace for Ergonomic or MSD concerns
Muscular-skeletal disorders (MSDs) and other ergonomic hazards in the workplace can cause high costs to employers such as time off, lost productivity, and increased health care costs, disability, and worker’s compensation costs. MSD cases are more severe than the average nonfatal injury or illness, according to the CDC. Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the workers’ capabilities. The goal is to reduce stress and eliminate muscular skeletal injuries and disorders and to prevent or control injuries and illnesses by eliminating or reducing worker exposure to MSD risk factors.
3. Listen to Employee Concerns
Make a suggestion box available for workers to suggest ways to reduce incidents and create a safer work environment. Use this feedback to determine where you can improve your safety protocols. Because your workers are a big part of keeping your workplace safe, be sure to listen to suggestions on how to make safety procedures better and offer positive feedback to employees practicing good safety protocols.
4. Regularly review vendor safety and improvement suggestions
Vendor websites for the tools, machines, and materials your employees handle should have up-to-date information on potential hazards and how to apply solutions before a problem occurs.
5. Make sure your work environment doesn’t promote fatigue
Keep your employees safe by avoiding factors that can increase worker fatigue. For example, avoid dim lighting, keeping the temperature too warm, or long periods performing repetitious tasks without a break. When workers are tired, they’re more likely to make mistakes or cause accidents because of impairment in their awareness of their surroundings.
6. Understand the cause of incidents that occur
After an incident occurs, analyze what happened and create a plan to prevent this incident from recurring in the future.
Our Safety Specialists are trained in all OSHA and ANSI standards, and are committed to keeping you safe. Contact your Emergent Safety Specialist for help with developing a safety plan for your facility and to stay proactive in preventing workplace accidents.