Welcome back to the Arbill Safety Blog. On Monday we talked about hand protection and the importance of choosing the right gloves for the hazard. We talked about the fact that Hand injuries can be virtually eliminated when appropriate hand protection is used. Today we want to talk about who’s responsibility is it – The employer or the employee?
The truth is that effective management of employee health and safety is a decisive factor in reducing the extent and severity of work-related injuries and illnesses and their related costs. In fact, an effective health and safety program forms the basis of employee protection and can save time and money (about $4.00 for every dollar spent) and increase productivity and reduce worker injuries. Employers and employees alike must share in the responsibility.
Employers: OSHA stipulates that Employers must maintain their workspace in a manner that is conducive to a safe environment. Employers must assess the hazards and determine which gloves will best deter an injury and provide employees with personal protective equipment, written instructions and guidelines. Employers must provide efficient safety materials for employees to use to prevent injury or unsafe conditions.
Employees: Hand safety training provided by the employer teaches employees to prevent hand injuries and protect themselves. The training must identify risk factors and will teach the employee how to be aware of the hazards. Using our hands is essential and learning safe procedures will help prevent injury. Employees must abide by their employer's safety guidelines. They must also take care to pay attention to their own safety as well as their coworkers' safety. Employees must use the protective equipment that their employers provide, and they should report any potentially harmful or dangerous situation to their employer so it can be taken care of.
So, although it is the employers’ responsibility to train and provide PPE, Employees must understand that hand safety and avoiding workplace accidents is a personal responsibility.
That is all for today but we hope you come back on Friday for our post on workplace safety and how to avoid hand injuries. Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out on upcoming safety advice.