In today’s workforce, approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise. Thousands of workers every year suffer from preventable hearing loss due to high workplace noise levels. Since 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss.
When you went online to read this article, chances are you didn’t have to stop and think about how you were going to navigate your keyboard. What about when you buttoned your shirt, ate your breakfast or picked up your car keys this morning? Probably not. A hand injury can make the multitude of tasks that we take for granted a serious, if not impossible, challenge. Maybe for the short term, or perhaps, permanently.
Keeping employees up to date on changing policies and new safety issues can often be a challenge. You hold monthly safety meetings, send out safety reminders and have a program in place, but how do you ensure your message is understood by the frontline. A great way to provide additional training and reinforce the importance of safety are Toolbox Talks.
Winter presents a number of challenges, both indoors and out, in the workplace. Winter weather can make travel to and from work dangerous and colder temperatures can cause health problems for employees. It is important to take the necessary steps to protect your employees and prevent injuries.
Machinery in the workplace can be of great benefit if used correctly and safely. Heavy machinery easily completes many tasks in a timely manner, but these machines are also capable of causing great harm if not used properly. Misusing heavy machinery leads to a variety of serious workplace injuries and fatalities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about 76,000 office workers nationwide have disabling injuries every year. Although the most frequent types of incidents are falls (either from height, tripping or slippery surfaces), many injuries also occur as the result of contact with electrical equipment or appliances.
Almost everything in an office setting today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment used in an office, is potentially hazardous and can cause serious shock and burn injuries if improperly used or maintained. If a part of the body comes in contact with the electrical circuit, a shock will occur. The current will enter the body at one point and leave at another and this passage of electricity, can cause great pain, burns, and even death.
No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. Sometimes it's nothing more than a stubbed toe. But what happens when an employee suffers a more severe injury on the job? Your company could lose a valuable team member for a period of time and open itself up to potential liability.
It is everyone's responsibility to help create a culture of safety around the workplace. That means noticing and remedying the little hazards before they grow into big headaches.
It can be easy to cut corners to keep up with a hectic production schedule, especially if you have done so before with no repercussions. However, it only takes one unsafe misstep to result in significant injury, or loss of life.
While most workplaces have put better training, policies, and equipment in place, it’s important to make sure these safety measures continue and do not stall. Ultimately, by reiterating the importance of safety, you will be creating a better overall workplace.
You may be wondering, as a leader, how can I reinforce safety, without making it feel like a burden or something else that needs to be done. By having crucial conversations with your employees and putting best practices in place, you can save time while keeping safety top of mind.
As the person in charge of workplace safety in your facility, you may be dealing with the proposed costs of implementing certain safety efforts, such as training and audits, and the impact on your allotted budget.
Collectively, the price of inaction where workplace safety is concerned has the potential to reach into billions … on a weekly basis.
The cost of workplace accidents, injuries, illness and even death is far, far more expensive in lives and workers’ compensation costs than conducting proper safety training and audits.
Below are workplace safety measures you can implement today that are both easy and cost-effective.
OSHA requires employers to provide employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This is the crux of workplace safety and Arbill’s initiative to get every worker home safely after every shift.
Workplace injuries and illnesses are largely preventable, but workplace safety initiatives require both vigilance in safety training and inspections, along with strict adherence to all rules and regulations to be effective.