A safe workplace is more productive, happy and healthy. This is exactly what entrepreneurs want to promote. To promote workplace safety and continuous improvement, we share 10 OSHA safety tips that you can review and implement from now on. In addition, our security services team can come to policyholders' workplaces and assist with OSHA audits and mock inspections.
Ready to learn 10 OSHA safety tips? Read on.
- Carry out continuous training. When new team members start working, run them through the entire safety protocol and get them fast with machine and equipment safety. In addition, conduct regular update courses and immediately share security guidelines that change.
- Prevent falls. Do you work on a ladder, scaffolding, roof or other raised surfaces? Make sure you plan ahead for safety to prevent falls. Include the cost of safety equipment to stop falling in job estimates. Secure the right equipment for the job early and make sure everyone is trained to use it properly.
- Weather out the heat. Does your team work outdoors in the elements? Keep them safe from heat exhaustion, illness and injury by providing water, rest and shade, plenty of breaks, emergency heat training and tools to identify heat-related problems.
- Passa in PPE. Personal protective equipment or personal protective equipment is "equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious work injuries and illnesses," according to OSHA. It can include gloves, goggles and shoes, earplugs or earmuffs, hard hats, respirators, covers, vests or full-body suits, among other items. Get your team adapted for each job with the right safety equipment.
- Identifying Hazards. Train your team in identifying and resolving chemical, physical and biological hazards. Conduct frequent reviews and professional inspections. Look at diseases and injuries, product storage, equipment risks and more.
- Prepare for emergencies. If an emergency such as a natural disaster, fire, flood or intrusion occurs, does your team know what to do, where to go and how to be safe? OSHA's preparedness and response pages are filled with tips to help workers and employees in industries respond to emergencies.
- Review ventilation. The whole team breathes easier knowing that their environment and airflow are clean and up to the code. OSHA shares, "Poor indoor air quality has been linked to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, concentration problems and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs." Ensure proper ventilation for your industry with OSHA's standard list.
- Keep a first aid kit on hand. OSHA has a requirement that employees have a safe and healthy workplace that is free from occupational risks. But that does not mean that accidents will not occur at work. Employers are required to have "medical personnel and first aid personnel and supplies that are commensurate with the hazards of the workplace." Learn what it means for your business and make sure you meet the necessary guidelines.
- Regulate working hours. More Americans work long hours or irregular hours. This not only leads to burnout and exhaustion, it can also lead to accidents at work or poor health. To promote employee well-being, review the team schedule. Are there enough breaks during the day? Can you change or change schedules to help an employee? Review OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions about Employee Fatigue.
- Strengthen employees. Encourage your employees to maintain safety standards and allow them to freely report risks in accordance with their rights. OSHA recommends that workers can "receive safety training in a language [they] understand, work on machines that are safe, receive necessary safety equipment, be protected from toxic chemicals, request an OSHA inspection and talk to the inspector, report an injury or illness and get copies of medical records, review records of work-related injuries and illnesses, and see test results for workplace hazards. ”Make sure your team has all the information they need to be authorized at work.
These 10 OSHA safety tips can Give your company and your employees a safety boost Are you looking for even more safety tips? Learn more about our safety services today or talk to one of our local, independent agents about coverage to improve workplace well-being.