Work safety is always an important issue. It needs to be included in initial plans and taken care of properly to avoid injury and damage of property. And although safety measures are expensive to have in place, that is a small price to pay to avoid serious lawsuits in the future and loss of human life. So to avoid all this you need to create a safe work environment and here are the essential recommendations for how.
Get your employees the right training
No matter how many experienced employees you have, take a step back and start thinking as though they are new to the job. Safety training is something every employee must go through no matter what to ensure that all safety protocols are followed to the letter. So, educate them with paid seminars, training videos and on-site practice with appropriate gear.
Make sure that everyone knows how to use protective gear as well as fire-extinguishers and other measures intended in case of accidents. First-aid, filing a report and calling an ambulance all fall under this training and everyone should know how to do it properly. Implement a safety test from time to time to keep your employees sharp and ready for any event.
From the moment employees and visitors enter the site, they need to know where is safe to move and in what manner. Some parts may require special gear, while others are unstable to take more than a limited number of people. Signs should clearly state how to move within a site and what kind of protective gear is necessary to enter certain areas. This will minimize the risks and make sure that all precautions were taken care of to avoid accidents.
Keep equipment in good shape
Equipment maintenance is a vital part of workplace safety. If regularly serviced and repaired, the equipment will not only last long but also prevent accidents. Faulty equipment can cause fires and destruction of property, but also lead to injury and endanger human life.
Always work with a certified repair and service companies to ensure the best care for your equipment and respect or warranties issued by the manufacturer. If the equipment is innovative, see if the manufacturer can provide training on how to handle it to avoid mistakes and other potentially damaging situations coming from lack of expertise.
Encourage your employees to check everything twice
Regardless of how tedious, your employees should check at least twice is everything is in order at the site. If the equipment behaves differently they should immediately notify the safety supervisor and their foreman. Faulty gear is one of the main causes of injury which can lead to hospitalization and even death. Also, always check if the scaffolding is properly fixed and take care even of the slightest instability. Have them make sure that everything is turned off and stored appropriately when the shift is over.
Get the right gear
Every job depends on the right equipment and you need to make sure that your employees have those. This also includes safety equipment and gear that will keep employees protected from potential dangers like toxic materials and sharp objects. To find the best equipment that fits your budget, research the market and competition to see what is currently in high demand. But remember, it’s best to spend a little bit more if that will mean your equipment is safe and operational.
When it comes to protective gear, see that all your employees wear appropriate clothing, footwear, eye protection, masks, hats, and gloves. Depending on their job, they may also need some additional equipment like an oxygen tank and a hazmat suit. Also, provide appropriate storage units to keep dangerous materials and make sure that conditions are up to regulations and laws.
Supervision is the key
Safety standards must be in place at all time and the only way to make sure they are there is through supervision. Hire a safety inspector who will make sure that everything is in place and to the code. Have them examine the workplace and correct any irregularities right away so everyone can get back to work. It’s crucial to never cut corners and follow all the regulations about workplace safety since even a small slip-up can lead to serious consequences.
By creating a safe work environment you will not only make sure everything is by the book but also improve productivity and your company's image. Although accidents still can happen, having appropriate safety measures in place will keep the damage controlled and to the minimum.