If you own your own business you’ve most likely seen an accident or two. OSHA reports that between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012 approximately 4,609 onsite deaths had occurred. This equals out to about 90 deaths per week which is a tremendous amount! If your company was within one of those statistics you know the tragic nature of the business, but there is something you can do to decrease the chances of this happening again!
OSHA sets standards that must be followed, if you’re just starting out it’s important to have proper safety guidelines in place so you and your workers won’t fall into OSHA’s statistics. Weekly or bi-weekly safety meetings are one way to avoid unnecessary accidents and there are many tools available to assist companies with teaching workplace safety. Items such as safety training videos, posted guidelines, hiring only those with experience and training them to your company standards, just to mention a few. These are all important factors when it comes to keeping your workers safe! Take a look below for more interesting tips on how you can improve workplace safety!
Tips for Workplace Safety
- Ensure the forklift is properly maintained.
- Train warehouse workers and forklift operators to communicate.
- Remove excessive clutter in aisles.
- Have sufficient lighting.
- Stress the importance of a no horseplay policy.
Oil & Gas Safety
- Frequently test equipment and materials for pressure build up.
- Always use proper safety apparel including gloves.
- Set up a safe evacuation procedure to ensure workers get out!
- Clear walking surfaces; remove cables, cords or anything that could cause a trip.
- Hold regular safety meetings that focus on safe material handling and the importance of safety gear.
- Never load or unload materials from a machine that’s not on level ground.
- Ensure that spotters and workers don’t crowd machine operators.
- Rope off swing areas
- Survey the area for hidden obstructions including gas/sewer and electrical lines or overhead tree limbs.
- Always use a seat beat or harness while operating machinery.
These are just a few of the many safety regulations that your company can and should implement. Regardless of the type of business you run it’s up to you to keep your workers safe. One way to do this is by hiring those with experience and train to your standards; never assume they know how to run your business.
Weekly or bi-weekly safety training and clearly displayed safety guidelines should be your number one priority when it comes to keeping your workers safe. If your workers are ignoring OSHA safety standards you may be looking at some unfavorable law suits by those who fall victim to work place injuries.
Author Bio – Sarah Shade is a writer and researcher. She researches the latest in OSHA standards, statistics and safety procedures in hopes that business owners will find value in the information she finds.