Welcome to a new week of the Arbill Blog where we provide tips and information to help employers keep their employees safe. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 3,063,4000 recordable incidents in 2010 in the private sector alone. 933,200 of these cases involved days away from work. The cost to the employer for these incidents does not only equate to the days of missed production and workers’ compensation costs, but the potential for fines for not keeping your workplace up to OSHA’s standards and any legal action from an injured employee or his family can be overwhelming. Keeping your business safe can save your business.
This week our theme is Reducing Workplace Accidents. Today we are offering 5 steps to help take you in the right direction to avoiding and reducing workplace accidents.
Identify any potential hazards in your workplace. A hazard is anything with the potential to cause harm. Common hazards for many businesses include wet floors, objects obstructing paths, gas leaks, loud noises, repetitive motion and ergonomic issues and heavy items that can strain employees' backs. Although some hazards are less likely to happen in some workplaces than others, it's important to assess which hazards are most damaging to your business and your employees.
Clearly mark all potential hazard areas with proper signage. In many industries, proper signage is required by law however, even if it is not required for your business, proper signage can be a valuable tool in protecting your employees.
Create a Safety Manual. Include procedures for handling all potentially dangerous situations in the workplace. Add a disaster management plan for events like fires or natural disasters. Give each employee a copy of the safety manual.
Develop a safety training program specific to your business. A safety training program for an office environment will be much shorter than one for a manufacturing plant, but you should still cover basics like ergonomics, use of machines in the office, evacuation plans, sanitation procedures and basic first aid. Manufacturing situations may also include safe machine operation, chemical handling and use of safety equipment. Make safety training mandatory for all employees.
Monitor the workplace for potential dangers. If your workplace is inherently dangerous, you should hire a safety manager. You should monitor employees and make sure they are following your safety program properly to remain safe.
Tune in on Wednesday to the Arbill Blog when we talk about the 10 most common workplace injuries and how to prevent them.