Workplace injuries can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers nationwide pay almost $1 billion each week to cover workers’ compensation costs. In order to prevent workplace accidents and minimize these expenses for your company, you need to be proactive in identifying the health and safety hazards in your workplace.
Summer Safety Tips
Tip #1: Adhere to a safety checklist
Your company has probably already issued a safety checklist, and if there isn’t one, be sure to advocate for one. Supervisors should train all employees in the healthy and safety rules that apply to your state, especially the ones that pertain to your specific industry. Review it regularly and schedule both planned and unplanned safety checks and audits to make sure all members of your team are following the rules and specifications.
Tip #2: Look out for tripping hazards
Trips and falls are the most common workplace accidents. These serious injuries are expensive, preventing people from working for days and even weeks at a time. They’re also usually avoidable! Keep an eye out for boxes, tools, equipment, or other debris that are lying in walkways. Spills and leaks also cause slips and falls, so they should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Until then, signs and hazard cones should be posted to warn people. If you act as soon as possible, you can prevent your busy, hardworking team from injuring themselves.
Tip #3: Consider the lighting concepts
Lighting is often overlooked, but it’s extremely important. If there’s not adequate lighting, employees can’t see well enough to avoid tripping hazards or other accidents. Poor lighting can cause workers to strain their eyes, bringing on headaches, migraines, and other ailments. All areas, including workstations, hallways, stairwells, and outdoor areas should have sufficient lighting to guarantee safety.
Tip #4: Monitor air quality
Poor ventilation, damp or moist conditions, contaminated air or ongoing construction, can also cause headaches, fatigue, pneumonia, and other respiratory ailments. Monitor the temperature, humidity, and airflow, and identify mysterious odors, water damage, or other leaks. Check your heating and air systems frequently to make sure they’re working properly and that your spaces are radon and asbestos-free.
Tip #5: Keep your space germ-free
Unfortunately, the workplace is a great place to transfer germs—lots of people with various backgrounds interacting, trading paperwork and sharing equipment. It’d be easy for you to touch a contaminated surface without even realizing it. Keep your workstation as clean as possible and clean the bathrooms at least once a day. Encourage your team to wash their hands after they use the restroom and before they eat. Make hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes accessible, so you can eliminate as many germs as possible.