[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]S AN EMPLOYER you know well that you have certain obligations to your workers. One of the most important obligations is to make sure your employment doesn’t pose too much risk to their health. In the more dangerous workplaces, risk is unavoidable. Certainly, your employees will know that too. But it’s in these workplaces that more effort needs to be put into protecting. Regardless of where they work, people need to know that their employers are looking out for them. So below we’ve listed some tips to help you make your workplace as safe as it can be.
Maintaining the workplace is the number one priority when it comes to preventing accidents. Whether it’s a warehouse or an office. Almost every slip, trip and fall at work can be easily avoided with just a bit of effort. It might mean cleaning up a spill, clearing an aisle of obstacles or just alerting people to the possible danger. Clear away all clutter and electrical wiring. These kinds of falls account for 15% of accidental deaths a year, so don’t think you shouldn’t treat them seriously.
If people are working in a place that proves a significant hazard to their health, you need to make sure they have the right equipment. Most construction site and factory owners know that their workers need hard hats and high visibility jackets. But take a look through some of the OSHA recommended safety gear. Think of the hazards in your workplace and whether their suggestions could make them more avoidable. Do stock on your equipment every day and when something’s missing or faulty, replace it right away.
Half of the battle is making sure your employees are aware of the dangers in the workplace. This can mean all kinds of things. It can mean signs warning them of whether vehicles are likely to pass. Or that machinery can cause accidents. Or of the equipment they need. It can mean warehouse perimeter tapes telling them to pass certain points carefully or what areas need to be clear. Signage can give visual reminders that can save a lot of time in communicating safety procedure. Particularly in loud places.
The other way of communicating is to train them right. Train some employees to act as safety officers. This can spread the burden of recognising potential accidents greatly. Workers also need training regularly on things like fire escapes and potentially dangerous tasks. Train them often and in depth. They may grow tired of having lessons drilled into them, but it could save their life.
Accidents aren’t the only cause of injury in the workplace. Stress is a common problem that’s becoming more prevalent with the pressures of the modern world. It might not be your first concern, but try and alleviate the stress that’s caused by work. Making your employees less stressful not only makes them happy. It increases motivation and productivity. If you’re taking your responsibility to their health seriously, think of the mental side of the equation too.