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. Here's a few examples:
A puddle of oil on the floor
What may only look like a small spot of oil could become a big problem for your business. Aside from the slip and fall potential, leaking oil can present a potential environmental nonconformance challenge.
The best course of action is to place an absorbent on top of the oil and do what you can to determine the cause of the leak and then take the actions necessary to fix it.
Box of supplies in the aisle
It could very well be just an innocent mistake and case of forgotten supplies or tools that have been left out. However, regardless of whether it's an aisle that your customers or your employees use, the box is creating a very real tripping hazard.
Instead of just moving the box, see if you can identify where the contents are supposed to be placed, if that's applicable. By properly storing the supplies and discarding the box, you've not only removed a tripping hazard but a potential issue of cluttering further down the road.
A ladder in front of a door
Not walking under a ladder may be superstition, but this common tool can pose a real hazard. Not only could people walk into it and injure themselves, but also if there is a person using it at the time, you run the risk of them falling and being injured as well.
If you happen to see this particular hazard, take the time to mark off a safe work area with warning tape. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to offer to support the ladder for the person who is climbing on it as well.
"It's just a scratch!"
Many workers will overlook a small scratch, "toughing it out" instead of being inconvenienced by a trip to the first aid station. However, what could be a small scratch can easily become something far worse. Infection is a serious concern that could even prove to be life threatening.
If you find yourself injured on the job, no matter how small, take the necessary steps to report the injury and then discuss your treatment options. At the very least, you're going to want to treat the injury so as not to risk further damage to yourself.
Remember that a vigilant attitude and consistent and constant training help create an atmosphere of safety around the workplace. A truly safe work environment is never dictated by just one person but takes a dedicated team effort.
If you have any questions or concerns about workplace safety, click here below to contact one of Arbill's skilled Safety Architects™ who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.
For over 65 years, Arbill has been providing businesses with the equipment and safety products they need to create a culture of safety within the workplace. Arbill is dedicated to ensuring that every worker makes it home safe at the end of every day.