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TOPIC: Workplace-inspections

Workplace Safety: Identifying Health & Safety Hazards

Another work week is upon us and Arbill wants to help make sure that you continue to keep your employees and visitors safe.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3,063,400 recordable non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Private sector industry in the USA in 2010.  In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.

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Avoiding Workplace Accidents: Inspections

Happy Friday! Let’s end the work week with one last tip to avoid workplace accidents. This one is about inspections.

No one likes to be “Big Brother” or the bearer of bad news, but when it comes to safety in the workplace, inspections are necessary. Why? Your employees may not be intentionally breaching safety standards, but it’s natural to bypass the details when things become familiar.

For example, employees who work in the same office every day -- with the same people, same surroundings and same routine -- assume that this familiar environment is set up in the most appropriate way. When things become routine, they are deemed acceptable, whether or not they are compliant with safety standards.

It’s important for a fresh set of eyes to analyze the scene. This way, the routine and familiar environment doesn’t blanket any hazardous details.
 
Always make sure that the person doing the inspection is using a checklist that is signed and dated. Not only does this organize and streamline your workplace safety inspection, but the documentation can also be used in the future, if necessary, to show that you have attempted to correct a particular hazard.

We at Arbill hope you have enjoyed this week’s series on avoiding workplace accidents. Subscribe to our blog so you’re notified when our next posts are published! What’s the topic for next week? Understanding the hidden costs of workplace injuries! Have a good weekend.
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