Tips for Preventing Workplace Injuries
- Maintain a clean work area. A clean work environment accomplishes two things. First, obvious hazards are removed by keeping the place clean. This includes the floor and elevated work areas. Secondly, employees are more productive in clean work areas.
- Do not rely entirely upon PPE to keep workers safe. PPE can be uncomfortable to wear and may be hot or cumbersome. Not to mention, a hard hat will not completely protect a worker from falling objects. Use innovation, guards, and engineering solutions to eliminate hazards.
- Workers want to work safely. They have families and lives at home. Workers want the opportunity to work safely. Use safety incentive programs designed to enlist the help of your workers. Encourage safety suggestions and bonuses for prolonged periods without incident
- Make your policies and procedure clear. Include safety tips and requirements in every policy that is written.
- Start simple with safety. Start by focusing on preventing the most common incidents. Move on from there. Keep accurate OSHA incident logs. Use these to help develop safety policies designed to prevent known hazards.
- Maintain your equipment. If a machine needs maintenance, take it out of service and perform the repairs before someone gets hurt. Also, stick to a regular preventative maintenance program for your equipment and machines. Fix the problem before a real problem occurs.
- Stay abreast of safety innovations. There may be new equipment or methods that reduce hazards. A proactive safety man or program can help prevent injuries, as opposed to simply responding to them.