Just like you can’t be too careful with workplace safety, there’s no such thing as receiving too much advice. After all, occupational safety is something that all companies should be constantly striving to improve. So what are good safety tips for employees regardless of where they work? Let’s take a look at safety tips that will apply regardless of your industry.
Keep the Workplace Clean
No matter the industry, cleanliness and safety are often two sides of the same coin. There are so many accidents that could have been prevented if employers paid more attention to detail when it comes to cleanliness. By this, we mean objects on the ground, equipment that isn’t put away, or spills that aren’t cleaned up right away. All of these factors can contribute to slips and falls that can potentially cause workers to get hurt. Most of the time, these injuries could be prevented with a cleaner workplace.
Report Unsafe Conditions
In a perfect world, every employee at every business would feel comfortable reporting unsafe working conditions to a superior. It’s almost maddening how many workplace accidents and injuries came from hazards that were known about previously but unreported. This relates back to employers letting workers know that nobody will get in trouble if unsafe conditions are reported. At the end of the day, occupational safety is all about getting it right, not trying to pin blame on someone, which is why employees should always be encouraged to come forward and report potential problems.
Wear the Right Equipment
This is an obvious tip but one that is still overlooked. It’s the duty of every employer to provide the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers. Employers also have a duty to make sure employees are always wearing the proper PPE. While you can’t always prevent accidents, you can make sure employees are protected if they have the right equipment. Every year, there are injuries that could have been prevented if employees had simply been wearing the right PPE when the accident occurred. It’s a detail that should never be overlooked.
Stay Rested and Take Breaks
Far too many employers overlook the importance of keeping workers well-rested. Tired workers are far more likely to make mistakes that can lead to injuries. This can be remedied by making sure that employees get regular breaks during their shift and have a chance to re-hydrate. The last thing that any company needs is for employees to be overtaxed and overtired. This will slow down productivity and also increase the risk of an accident in the workplace.
Help Your Co-Workers
Perhaps the best advice for any company is that safety is a team effort. It’s truly an area where a business is only as strong as its weakest link. It’s important for companies to establish a culture in which every worker is accountable for everyone else. Employees should have the attitude of wanting to help one another to stay safe. It takes everyone at the company working together to create a safe workplace and that should be reflected in the culture and attitude of a company.
Cover Your Bases with Safety Management Software
For a concrete way to improve occupational health and safety, utilize safety management software. For example, EHS Insight has software that incorporates all elements of workplace safety within the same system. That means communication, training, hazard identification, and everything else that creates a safe work environment will all be managed within the same system. It’s the best way to make sure that all of your bases are covered and you’re doing everything possible to keep employees safe.
If you want to do more to improve workplace safety, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to become your partner in creating a safer work environment.