Every industry has its specific dangers and potential workplace hazards. But there are certain safety practices which can be followed which transcend industries and should be used regardless of what industry you are in. Here are five workplace safety practices which will help keep your employees safe, no matter what tasks they are performing.
- Monitor PPE – Whether the employer or employee is responsible for the maintenance of the PPE, if there are specific pieces of protective equipment required for a job, it is important to have a procedure in place to monitor and maintain that equipment. This equipment acts as the last line of defense for your employees, and if the protections afforded by them are required due to a workplace accident, a worn out or broken piece of equipment will result in an injury.
- Driving Safety – In almost any industry, travel by some or all employees is required. And while driving safety is extremely important in industries where company vehicles are utilized or driving is a primary responsibility, there are many industries where driving is an ancillary task and, as such, not very well regulated. This can be anything from a regional manager driving to retail locations to check in on productivity to an engineer driving to an off-site meeting. By understanding the times when employees might need to drive, it is easier to protect them while on the road.
- Understand Workplace Hazards – While this seems obvious, many employers do not have a true understanding of all of the potential workplace hazards associated with their workspaces. This is especially true of retail and other non-industrial settings. Every workplace has hazards and ensuring you understand them will help you create effective safety procedures to avoid injuries from them.
- Solicit Feedback from Employees – As well as you and your management team may know your worksite, your employees will always know it better. And they will certainly know what to do to avoid injuries. By opening up a dialogue with employees around workplace safety, and allowing employees to voice concerns about safety issues, you can uncover hazards you did not know about.
- Keep Accurate Records – Should someone get hurt or sick on the job, it is important to keep accurate records of the incident. This allows you to find patterns should there be any. A series of seemingly unrelated incidents might have a common denominator which needs to be corrected, however, if records are not accurate, that common denominator will be missed leading to further workplace injuries.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, however by following these practices you can help reduce the number of workplace injuries at your company.