Protecting workers is always in fashion… and when you’ve been keeping workers safe for more than 70 years, you find that there are some basics that never go out of style. The basic approaches work because they are provide a sound foundation – simple and sometimes overlooked – but effective nonetheless.
We know that worker injuries and deaths are down dramatically over the past four decades. There were 38 deaths a day on the job in 1970. That number is closer to 12 deaths a day today in the United States.
We can attribute much of the success in these areas to better training and better safety products (PPE). Organizations like Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have shed light on worker safety and paved the way for positive safety improvements in the workplace.
Many organizations have embraced a culture of safety and have improved communications to help workers prepare and improve safety practices. At Arbill, it is our passion to protect and keep workers safe. It is our mission for all of our employees to think safety and put worker’s safety first.
As safety advisors tasked with protecting more than 350,000 workers every day, we still look for and recommend the basics as a great starting place for keeping workers safe. Those 10 reliable workplace safety recommendations include:
- Involve your employees in safety planning. Empower your workers to “own” safety by involving them in safety planning. The more an employee understands and takes ownership of the safety plan, the more he/she will take action
- Provide clear work instructions. Make sure that all safety instructions are clear and understood. Review and confirm that your workers know what they are being asked to do
- Focus your safety efforts on the most likely issues. Yes, plan for major safety concerns, but eliminate the small safety violations that contribute the most frequent injuries
- Create a safe work area. Prevent injuries and ensure an efficient job and workplace by creating a safe work area – eliminate potential safety issues
- Maintain a clean work area. Remove the clutter and potential safety issues and you will help your workers to be more productive
- Encourage your employees to have a voice in safety. When workers bring safety deficiencies and new ideas to management’s attention, they are contributing to the culture of safety in your workplace
- Focus on how each employee performs his/her job. Watch for employees who are taking shortcuts that could reduce safety, but also look for employees who perform tasks in an improved manner that could be adopted by the other staff
- Maintain all machinery in good working order. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all machinery is in good working order and that a routine maintenance program is in place
- Avoid and remove unnecessary hazards. Do a routine inspection of your workplace frequently to identify any unnecessary hazards
- Revisit your safety guidelines every year. Start off each year with an inspection of your workplace and a thorough review of your safety program
Arbill offers a wide range of resources – many complimentary – from white papers and single-page flyers that cover a variety of safety topics. In addition, we offer a wide array of EH&S training and educational services from the most experienced trainers in the field.
For more information about our safety training services, visit Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367. Discover how our commitment to worker safety will have a positive impact on keeping your workers safe and helping your organization be as productive as possible. We are prepared to not only protect your workers but reduce your bottom line costs with fewer injuries and downtime.
Have a safe day!