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Tips on Starting a Workplace Safety Program

Tips to starting a workplace safety program

In Boise, businesses that encounter workplace hazards must abide by OSHA standards. Most business owners have a commitment to keeping employees safe and healthy even without those regulations. In many cases, having a workplace safety program is the best bet for ensuring consistency and oversight. Here are some tips to get you started if you’re in the process of beginning a new program.

Understand Hazards

A workplace safety program should take into account the specifics of your industry and business. This means initially identifying the different health and safety hazards that your employees may encounter.

There are many types of potential hazards in any given industry, but to get you started here are a few that might be relevant to your business:

Why Construction Accidents Deserve Attention

Construction Safety

If you go digging into statistics about construction accidents, the statistics are a little shocking. Some numbers point to as many as 150,000 construction accidents occurring per year, some of them fatal.

What to Know

There is a lot we can learn from construction accident statistics. For instance, did you know that 60% of construction accidents affect those who are within their first year of employment? With that in mind, construction companies can implement trainings for new hires that focus on safety and awareness.

Another key bit of information? Falls are the most common accidents, so highlighting that statistic plus adding training on fall prevention and protection can help reduce those instances.

5 Key Workplace Safety Trends

safety and health puzzle pieces

Safety for every type of employee in any workplace is gaining the attention of employers, both in large industries and in smaller local businesses. And this is a very good thing. According to the 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries report, work-related deaths have been on the rise over the past three years. People are taking notice.

In an effort to address the rising workplace fatalities, government and private businesses are finding new and innovative ways to help maintain the safety of all employees and contractors. Below are five trends gaining popularity in the health and safety industry.

How to Prevent Insect Issues for Outdoor Workers

Mosquito bites at work

Anyone who works outside has to deal with insects, and usually, that's something workers just deal with... until it starts becoming a danger. Employers are encouraged to help outdoor employees take care to avoid vector-borne pathogens like Lyme disease, West Nile, and others. Here's a look at workplace safety regarding insects.

Insect Issues

In the warmer months, construction workers and others who spend their days outdoors enjoy the sunshine, longer days, and more cooperative weather. However, there can also be new potential problems for employees, and additional liabilities for employers. One of these potential problems is the influx of certain insects that carry illnesses.

Training Workers on Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety Training

It’s important to have a plan in place for workplace safety, especially for sites that have heavy machinery and other equipment. This plan begins with the training of all employees, with specific training materials for each piece equipment and the various tasks of each worker. It’s a good idea to cross-train your staff as well, for optimal results in safety.

Let’s take a look at some of the sorts of things you’ll need to incorporate into the training plan.

Prioritize Workplace Safety with These Tips

Helpful tips about safety

When it comes to workplace safety, there are plenty of concerns in any given business, and the dangers often depend on the industry and type of work being done. Even so, there are plenty of general steps you can take to make sure that the safety of your workers is at the top of your list of priorities. Here are just a few.

Preventing Falls

Falls are the number one type of workplace injury, so it makes sense that this should be an area to prioritize first.

To reduce the risk of falls, you must maintain awareness at all times about the potential hazards lurking in common areas. It pays to stay tidy, as keeping walkways clear and items stored away can help eliminate tripping over items.

Mop up spills quickly and be aware of slippery conditions inside and outside when the weather is inclement. Invest in some rugs and place them strategically to catch some of the wet stuff.

Slips, Trips, and Falls at Work

Slips Trips and Falls

Slips and falls occur every day. These types of injuries and their recurrence can be minimized through proper safety knowledge and attitudes. Practice safety--don't learn it through experience. There are various ways to suffer slips and falls while working. You can slip and lose your balance, you can trip over objects left in your walkway, or you can simply fall from an elevated position above the ground. 

Machine Guarding Tips

Machine Guards

Machinery-related injuries are some of the worst in the industry today. Workers get caught in machines and suffer severe injuries such as crushed arms, legs, severed fingers, blindness, or even killed. 

Can these injuries and deaths be prevented? Of course, they can, with the proper use of machine guards. 

Mechanical hazards occur in the following areas: 

Ladder Safety

ladder safety at work

 

 Injuries in the workplace because of ladders are commonplace. About a third of all reported falls are falling from ladders. There are over 10,000 reported ladder-related injuries in the United States annually! Work-related falls from ladders resulted in approximately 360 fatalities and an estimated 151,000 serious injuries each year. 

Not all these incidents are due to defective ladders, however, that can certainly be one of the factors. It is important that ladders are inspected regularly. 

Ladder Inspection 

 Look for missing or loose cleats at the bottom. 

 Look for loose or missing screws, bolts or hardware. 

 Look for cracked, broken, split, dented or badly worn rungs, spreaders or side rails. 

 Corrosion of metal ladders. 

 

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