OSHA law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. This is the crux of workplace safety and our initiative to get every worker home safe, every day.
Workplace injuries and illnesses are largely preventable, but workplace safety initiatives require both vigilance in safety training and inspections along with strict adherence to all rules and regulations to be effective.
That’s why it’s never okay to encourage employees to take short cuts or get lazy about using the proper tools or safety equipment to get the job done. Even if you think to yourself, “Well, just this once,” you are putting your employees in a hazardous situation with the potential for any number of seriously undesirable outcomes for your employees and your business.
Below are 5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Employees, built around scenarios you might frequently encounter at your facility or jobsite.
1. “Just use this tool, it’s almost the same thing.”
Not using the correct tool for a job leads to danger, as well as the job not being done as efficiently. Take the extra time to have the proper tools on hand for the job. It’s a relatively short step to take towards providing a safer workplace as you also look out for your business’ bottom line.
2. “You can take your protective safety equipment off today.”
Your safety and protective equipment needs to be worn at all times when performing a task that merits them. Although workers may become uncomfortable in their protective equipment, especially in hot outdoor conditions, it’s never a good idea to let them take it off. Provide them with more frequent breaks and research if there are better safety equipment alternatives to ensure their comfort.
3. “Just use the scaffold for a ladder, it’s the same thing.”
Scaffolds need to be used for scaffold situations and ladders for ladder situations. Otherwise, it becomes dangerous. Falls from ladders and scaffolding is already a major workplace safety concern, so it’s really important to use the proper equipment when the job requires working on an elevated area.
4. “The safety guidelines are the same as last year, so no need to review them again.”
Safety guidelines need to be revisited every year so that these guidelines stay fresh in the workers' minds and they are able to remember them. Training and the dissemination of workplace safety guidelines, rules and regulations need to be done with routine consistence. When you’re proactive about workplace safety in this way, it also shows your workers that it’s to be taken seriously and that you care about their wellbeing.
5. “Don’t worry about getting the machine inspected, it’s working fine.”
Always get your machinery inspected at the dates the inspection is due. This makes sure the machine is running correctly and is not hazardous. Down the line, keeping up with machine inspections is going to help you in avoiding untimely production downtime while also ensuring your workers’ wellbeing.
To protect your workers’ lives and your business from hazardous situations, you should never get complacent about workplace safety. Take the extra few minutes to provide workers with the proper equipment. Make room in the schedule for safety training and inspections. These preventative measures make all the difference to creating working conditions that are free from harm.
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