No one sets out with the intention of getting hurt on the job, yet somehow, it still happens more often than we might like to think. While many workplace injuries happen as a result of circumstances outside of our control, the majority are easily avoided by being safety-oriented and following safety protocol.
Whether you’re an employer or an employee, following the correct safety measures is a critical part of avoiding disasters on the job. Here are some of the best tips for keeping yourself and others safe in the workplace.
Report Unsafe Conditions
As they say, if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem. If you see anything in your place of employment that could be considered unsafe working conditions, it’s important that you report it. Anything that could potentially injure someone else or yourself should be brought to your supervisor’s attention.
Employers are legally required to provide a safe working environment for their workers. Therefore, reporting an issue should theoretically improve the conditions if people are doing their job correctly.
Require Equipment Training
One of the biggest causes of workplace incidents is handling equipment and machinery without proper training. Each machine comes with a specific set of instructions that should be fully understood before being operated.
Employees are required to pass special training before operating many machines for a reason. Don’t assume that your workplace is the exception!
Conduct Regular Inspections
Many injuries are a result of faulty equipment that hasn’t been brought to anyone’s attention. Part of practicing safety measures is not only training properly for handling machines and equipment but also knowing how to inspect it.
Each piece of machinery should be properly inspected and guaranteed to be in working order. Beyond inspections, it should also be cleaned and maintenanced. The smallest malfunction can be a matter of life and death in some cases.
Wear Proper Gear
It’s important that employers protect themselves against dangerous materials and injuries by wearing proper safety equipment. Some places may call for steel-toed shoes and helmets, while others may require a self contained breathing apparatus or ventilator mask and gloves. Your supervisor should provide a list of what is required of you. Under no circumstances should employees neglect to wear the required gear. In addition to wearing it, it should also be in working condition. The slightest crack or tear could result in serious injury.
Remove Obstructions From Pathways
Regardless of what industry you’re in, there should never be any obstructions in the path where people walk. All aisles and walkways should be clear of debris or objects which could cause someone to fall.
In addition to clearing objects to avoid falls, any liquids should be removed as well.