Getting injured at work is the last thing we want, but sometimes we neglect certain safety practices only because they take extra time and effort. However, that little extra time is nothing compared to the potential consequences. For a supervisor, checking the workplace safety during the day shows your employees that you care about their well-being.
Moreover, being safety-oriented yourself can set an example and improve your employees’ morale and productivity, as well as make a good impression on your clients. On the other hand, if you are an employee, your safety is in your and your co-workers’ best interest. Check out these seven work safety tips and see if you have missed something out.
Clearing emergency exits
Any clutter that is blocking emergency exits, equipment shutoffs or working areas needs to be removed. A cluttered space not only leaves less space for you to use your tools and lift heavy objects, but it also prevents you from reaching safety quickly in case of emergency. Always place equipment in proper storage after use and keep safety routes clear.
As one of the most prevalent causes of occupational injuries, spills need to be cleaned and aisles de-cluttered to prevent employees from slipping or tripping. Any spills need to be taken care of immediately to keep the work conditions safe. Make sure there are no loose boards, tiles, holes or nails projecting from the floor. Anti-slip flooring is a good solution in areas where regular cleaning is difficult.
Using and wearing adequate equipment
Misused tools and machines are also among the most common causes of occupational injury. Whatever tool you use, make sure you use it correctly and for its intended purpose only. While at work, make sure you wear proper safety equipment. Check your safety equipment regularly for damage, as it will minimize your chances of getting injured.
Reducing fire hazards
If you rely on combustible materials at your workplace, make sure you only keep the amount you need for the task you are performing. When you are not using them, ensure the flammable material is stored in an assigned fireproof storage area. Any combustible waste needs to be stored in metal containers and disposed of daily. Dust is a common cause of flash fires. Prevent dust accumulation by using industrial vacuum cleaners in the areas where dust gathers.
Back injuries are not uncommon in areas where lifting heavy loads manually is a daily routine. To avoid injuring your back, keep it straight and use your legs to lift. If you cannot pick up the item without stooping or twisting, stop immediately and use a mechanical aid such as a conveyor belt, a wheelbarrow or a forklift.
Working at heights poses additional risk of injuries, especially for untrained boom crews. Luckily, a handy boom lift is often backed with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) machine-specific training that reduces the risk of incidents and accidents, which in turn leads to increased productivity and potential saving on maintenance costs. Enquire your lifting equipment supplier for fleet trade-in and replacement programs. They can save you money and cover all the logistics of replacing your aging machinery.
In case you notice something that can potentially hurt someone, if you can do it safely, remove the object or clean the area. If you can’t, inform your supervisor. They are legally obliged to keep your and your co-workers’ working environment safe, so they must take action.
Although it’s everyone’s job to keep the work environment safe, safety starts with you. Make sure you follow these seven safety tips so that everyone can safely go home at the end of the shift.
Published by Emma Lawson