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10 Workplace Safety Tips for 2014

Julie Copeland

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As we begin 2014, we continue our focus on safety in the workplace and making the workBuild a culture of safety to protect your workers, year even more safe than 2013.

In the past four decades since OSHA’s inception, there has been a dramatic effect on workplace safety. Worker injuries and deaths are down significantly – from approximately 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2011.

Luck is not the determining factor resulting in fewer deaths and fewer injuries in the workplace. Safe workplaces don’t happen by accident. They happen when there is a culture of safety within the workplace. To help encourage that culture of safety within your organization – here are 10 Workplace Safety Tips to follow in 2014.

  1. Involve your employees in safety planning:  The single most powerful source of motivation for workplace safety is employee ownership of the safety process;

  2. Provide clear work instructions:  Provide thorough training and clear, written instructions and make sure that each worker reads and acknowledges your safety program;

  3. Focus your safety efforts on the most likely problems:  Although it’s necessary to plan for major safety concerns, your greatest impact will come from eliminating the small safety violations that contribute the most frequent injuries;

  4. Engineer a safe work area:  A work area may include work benches, conveyors, furniture, equipment and vehicles. The layout of an area where a particular job is based is critical to preventing injuries and ensuring an efficient job and workplace;

  5. Maintain a clean work area:  A clean work area is a Safe work area.  Not only will a clean environment remove many hazards, you will ensure greater productivity from your employees;

  6. Encourage your employees to bring safety deficiencies and new ideas to management’s attention:  Employees who provide information and insight into common workplace safety issues are contributing to the culture of safety in your workplace;

  7. Watch and learn how each employee performs his/her job:  Watch for employees who are taking shortcuts that could reduce safety but also keep an eye out for employees who are performing tasks in an improved manner that could be adopted by the other staff;

  8. 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;

  9. Avoid and remove unnecessary hazards:  Do a routine inspection of your workplace frequently to identify any unnecessary hazards;

  10. Revisit your safety guidelines every year:  Start off each year with an inspection of your workplace and a thorough review of your safety program.

There are many factors that affect workplace safety. These factors combine planning, education and initiative. An organization that is committed to safety understands and believes in building a culture of safety.

Thank you for reading this blog. By doing so you are investing in the safety of your organization. We hope that this communication is helpful to you. Please visit Arbill.com for more safety information and share this blog with others in your organization so they can subscribe to the Arbill Safety BLOG and get up to the minute safety information. At Arbill, we’re committed to providing safety information that will keep you and your employees safe every day.

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, culture of safety, safe everyday, workplace safety

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