Workplace injuries are expensive and often avoidable… and no business is immune from safety concerns. Each workplace has different safety hazards depending on industry, location and specific function of the facility. While each facility has it’s own unique set of hazards, here are some tips to provide a good starting point to help identify some of the more common problems in your facility.
Developing a comprehensive safety checklist is an important first step in creating a safer workplace and serves as a solid foundation in identifying and recording potential hazards. A good starting point is checking the Government health and safety regulations and then organising the regulations that pertain to your workplace. Once this is complete, work to create an easy to read template that can be easily accessed by employees and managers for reference. This is turn becomes the Company’s Safety work procedures. A Safety Work Procedure is a set of written work instructions of how a job task should be conducted from start to finish.
Each type of business has its set of hazard and there is no complete list. So, check your workplace for hazards – you can’t prevent things you don’t know, can you? Inspect your business room by room for hazards such as boxes or debris that can be tripped on, misplaced electrical wiring, signs of leaks, etc. Once these have been identified remove the hazard or put up signage to warn employees of the danger. Taking immediate action will reduce the chance of injury and ensure employee safety.
An unclean workplace can be a significant health and safety hazard. In fact, studies estimate that each year more than 20 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are caused by Norovirus. Norovirus spreads quickly mainly by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with Norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth. And this is only one kind of infection. Keep your workplace sanitary and make sure that all restrooms are cleaned at least once a day. Require employees to wash their hands after using the restroom and clean up after themselves in the lunchrooms and cafeteria.
How often do we talk about safety in our workplace, where we spend one-third of our adult lives? To truly create lasting change, organisations must create an environment in which safety is more than just a box to be checked but is an attitude that makes up the very foundation of the company and is upheld by everyone from front-line workers to senior management. A culture of safety can be defined as the collective values, beliefs, attitudes and norms that shape individual safety-related behaviours in an organisation. With a culture of safety, everyone looks out for one another and encourages injury self-reporting without judgment or consequence. It’s about improving the culture and system as a whole to find the causal factors that led to those injuries or mistakes.
We all know that having the right tools for the right job is an important element in providing customers with quality work. The same goes for having proper safety equipment, products, and supplies. Ensure you have fire extinguishers, first aid kits and Personal protective equipment (PPE) if your workplace is technically exposive in nature.
Workplace safety training will give your employees the knowledge and skills they need to protect equipment, facilities and, most importantly, each other against unintentional injuries and death while reducing the associated costs to your organisation. This what we do at Medswift. We help you recognise safety hazards and correct them, avoid incidents and near-misses to prevent injuries and understand safety best practices and expectations. Talk to Medswift today.
This provides a baseline, but a good follow up is to have a professional conduct a site assessment of your facility to identify additional hazards you may have missed. Let Medswift do that for your business.