Safety in any workplace isn’t an option. By law, you have a legal requirement to provide your employees with a safe working environment; one that doesn’t risk their lives or limbs. Even if you feel your workplace is safe, there are many things you can do on a regular basis to ensure it remains safe. The following six tips will help ensure that you keep your employees safe while they are at work.
Safety when operating heavy equipment
Heavy equipment such as saws and conveyor belts can cause severe damage to both the operators and employees around the equipment. With so much at stake, it is essential that you keep the equipment maintained so that it operates predictably and operators are trained to use it properly. Without proper maintenance lockout buttons could fail and lead to loss of life.
Handling hazardous materials safely
Whether you work in a lab or a chemical plant, handling hazardous chemicals is very common. Educating employees on the dangers of combining reactive chemicals is essential. Additionally, insisting on the proper PPE when handling hazardous chemicals reduces the instance of accidents and explosions.
Safety when moving heavy objects
The need to move heavy objects is seen in a lot of industries. Many employers use forklifts and cranes from SHS or other equipment companies to ensure objects are moved efficiently but, even with licensed operators moving a large object can be dangerous. Establish standardized practices that include clearing the area, ensure that operators understand they must balance their loads, and sufficiently secure loads before moving them anywhere.
Working from high places safely
Many jobs require employees to climb ladders or work on top of buildings with multiple stories. Proper personal protection equipment will reduce accidents along with educating them about the serious nature of the job.
Slip and fall safety
It is easy to slip in fall when your employees are not wearing the proper protective shoes, or when liquids remain on the floor for extended periods of time. To avoid this problem, advise employees about different departments notorious for wet floors so they can be aware and require them to clean spills immediately.
Safety includes driving
Many employees experience accidents on-site while driving forklifts or company cars. To eliminate and reduce injury, require helmets, seat belts and adherence to traffic patterns.
Operating a safe facility isn’t something you do when it is convenient for you. Your employees must be safe at all times. With the aforementioned safety tips, you will be on your way to reducing accidents in the workplace.