The following article is a guest post.
It goes without saying, that it is important to reduce the risk of injury and illness at work. Without doubt, injuries and illness resulting from accidents can and will have a serious impact on a company’s overall productivity and revenue.
Keeping everyone healthy and safe at work is important. There are steps that everyone, employer and employee alike, can consider to reduce the potential for workplace injuries and enhance the company’s public image.
Below are ten simple steps to regulate workplace health and safety and to prevent workplace related injuries.
1. Implement safety protocols from the start
Ideally, safety in the workplace begins at day one. A safer workplace should already have set safety requirements and established procedures. These guidelines will allow employees to perform their tasks in relative safety. Everyone must participate, from the top to the bottom.
2. Train them well
Having guidelines is good, but it will not do any good if the employees do not have necessary training or are not informed about them. Regular, comprehensive training is a must to prevent workplace injuries. Make sure that all employees have access to and have completed all of the training for their positions.
3. Proper use of labels and signs
Safety labels and signs are a very cost effective to quickly communicate important information. They are usually simple, relying on images to detail hazards, proper procedures, etc. Labels and signs are good reminders and warnings for even the most experienced worker. Check your local regulations on what signs are required by law.
4. Have the right tools and regular equipment inspections
Having the right tools for the job creates a better result. It also helps to have a safer workplace.
After training on house to use tools and equipment properly, it is also important that they are cleaned, serviced, and inspected regularly. One of the most dangerous workplace hazards come from machine malfunctions.
5. Keep things clean
A chaotic workplace can lead to unnecessary accidents. Allow regular inspections to check for potential dangers such as cluttered floors, and disorganized tools. Try to make sure that boxes are stacked safely and any spills are quickly cleaned up.
6. Secure cables as one element
A common eyesore and danger in the workplace come from exposed cabling running across floors. Have floor cable covers to prevent employees from tripping and cable protection for rigid floor surfaces and carpets.
7. Encourage stretch breaks
An efficient way to improve ergonomics in workplace is for the employees to take stretch breaks to avoid potential for repetitive motion injuries. Encourage 5-minute break to stretch to reduce tension in the muscle and loosen joints.
8. Avoid stooping or twisting
Make sure that everything needed for the task at hand is within reach. This can be done by using ergonomically designed furniture and equipment or by rearrange the work area if necessary.
9. Reduce workplace stress
Workspace stress is commonly the result of long hours, heavy workloads, conflicts with co-workers or bosses and job insecurity. Stress in the workplace often leads to depression, sleep disorders and problems with concentration.
10. Reward employees for safe behaviour
Positive reinforcement, giving rewards are an easy way to encourage a safer workplace. Give recognition to employees who chase safety policies which can easily make a big difference in reducing injuries in the work place.