The process of developing a workplace safety program to prevent work-related injuries is an ongoing effort requiring a lot of planning and implementation. Whether you’re analyzing risk assessment, fulfilling work site safety requirements, becoming OSHA compliant or entering employees in a safety training program, a lot of time passes before your business is set up and seeing results.
This is a standard yet frustrating scenario because you’re ready to see your employees lives improve while also reducing company costs and workers’ compensation claims.
Below are three ways to begin reducing work-related injuries immediately:
1. Eliminate Physical Obstacles
Some of the most common workplace injuries result from falling. Employees may sprain or strain a joint, or even break bones during a fall.
- Clear paths of obstructions, especially electrical cords or cables.
- Position furniture so drawers don’t open into walkways, causing a tripping hazard if left open.
- Ensure that rugs and other floor coverings lay smoothly.
- If a particular floor surface gets slippery, find a way to create extra traction, such as mats or vinyl traction strips.
2. Vary Employee Tasks
Performing the same motions all day long increases workers’ risk for repetitive stress injuries (RSI), such as carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic back pain.
- Be sure employees know they can take breaks every so often. Assign them a variety of tasks that don’t require static posture for long periods.
- In an office, workers should switch from filing to data entry, or simply take a quick walk to the copy machine.
- In a factory or industrial setting, it’s best if workers rotate positions to avoid fatigue. They may alternate between sitting and standing at their assembly line positions, or rotate among multiple workstations that require different skills.
3. Use OSHA Approved Safety Signage
Clearly mark all potentially dangerous areas with safety signage approved by OSHA.
- Signs need to have rounded or blunt corners and must not have sharp edges or projections.
- Keep to the color code: red, black and white are designated for danger signs; yellow is designated for caution signs.
- Wording of safety signs are required to indicate positive actions rather than negative, and be clear and concise.
When you start with these three safety preventative measures you’re reducing work-related injuries while working on other long-term aspects of your safety program. Otherwise, at all times, you should clearly demonstrate concern for employee safety and each day make that a priority.
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