Five Tips for Achieving an improved Workplace Safety Record
Every company needs to develop and use an effective plan that is designed to both minimise and manage accidents in the workplace.
Regardless of whether you run a warehouse, office, factory or construction site, your mantra must be that safety comes first. Workplace health and safety is more than simply a good idea, it’s absolutely necessary for your employees and for you as an employer. All employers have a statutory obligation to provide a safe and healthy workplace for both employees and contractors.
A duty of care exists to provide for the welfare, safety and protection of workers and others in the workplace.
Too many workplaces have the potential for accidents, but with a little more planning and care ,you could minimize some of the risks and even eliminate others. This includes both plant and equipment is safe and having safe systems of work.
Do you operate a motorised pallet truck, use platform ladders or any other equipment that poses any type of risk? Position machinery in the lowest traffic areas and install bollards and pedestrian barriers to ensure workers are protected.
Is your inventory stacked in the best way? Store frequently used items at ground level so you access them the most easily.
Is your workflow as efficient as possible? Whatever type of business you run, examine your processes and keep processes from stumbling or interfering with each other in any way that might put your staff at risk.
Your company should have a plan to minimise and manage major accidents, but what about the small ones? Niggling injuries, such as cuts, bruises, muscle sprains and strains tend to mount up. These cause staff downtime and are a constant blight on your safety record. Make use of handling equipment such as a trolley for heavy items or pallet handling equipment for increased productivity and less injuries.
Take a look around your operation to see if you can spot any potential hazards. Make sure your equipment is protected, check your storage systems, fix any sharp edges, train your workers to lift properly and ensure staff wears protective safety equipment wherever appropriate.
Oil, water, dust, grime, cartons and anything left where it should not be can create an unstable surface, forklift or pedestrian hazard. Keep your workplace clean by maintaining a daily cleaning cycle throughout your organisation. Encourage all workers to ensure spills are cleaned up immediately. Emergency safety Spill Kits are helpful in assisting with the cleanup of chemical and hydrocarbon spills.
Always remove clutter. Remember, just one unexpected obstacle in an office hallway could result in an injury and turn into a compensation claim.
Nobody knows what dangers are lurking more than your own staff. Always involve them in your safety process and discuss any uncertainties in their particular areas with them. It is also important to engage personal with the appropriate qualifications and expertise to advise you on OH&S matters affecting the workplace. Involving workers in the health and safety decision making process will demonstrate a employers commitment to OH&S and in turn encourage workers to support and become involved in this important process.
Change is inevitable. Staff change, processes and equipment evolves. What is safe this year might not be safe next year. Therefore, revisit all aspects of your safety program at least once per year and preferably more.
Analyse safety data from every department and take immediate action on any worrying trends. This would include identifying risks and hazards in the workplace, eliminating or controlling the risk and conducting a review and monitoring process to ensure ongoing safety. Act quickly on any positive trends too, and implement them across your company if necessary.
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