Did you know that several recent studies have found that there are 4 million work related injuries that are reported each year? Why is this number so daunting? Mainly because employers will face fines and even a possibility of a lawsuit if working conditions are not up to code, or they lack a workplace safety program. What’s even more shocking is all employers are mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to post “workplace safety guidelines” that is visible to its employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration establishes guidelines and policies in which it enforces businesses to comply. These guidelines and policies ensure that workplaces remain free of any hazards or injuries. Even with these enforced guidelines from the OSHA, there are still 4 million reported work-related injuries being reported each year.
Several reports suggest that companies who implement a Workplace Safety Training program are less likely to have work-related injuries due to hazards. There are several tactics on how companies can build and implement a workplace safety program:
• Commit to workplace safety: It is important to not only have your executive leadership and management on board with workplace safety, but also employees. All employees should be mandated to adhere to safety related policies and protocols.
• Identify hazards and assess risks: By law, employers are required to protect its employees by a reasonable means of practicality. Supervisors and managers should be strongly encouraged or required to talk to their employees about the possible hazards or risks that will be associated with the job within the first 10 days of hire.
• Develop written programs and processes: Employers should list and clearly outline safety training and hazard protocols in their employees’ job descriptions. Other programs and processes can be developed as a Hazard Communication Program, Emergency Actions Plans or a Fire Prevention Plan.
• Educate employees: Studies have proved that employees who are more knowledgeable about the hazards and risks associated with their job are less likely to be injured on the job compared to those who are not. OSHA requires employers to provide safety related training to its employees and has developed training guidelines to further equip employers with the tools they need to provide accurate information.
Some sample workplace safety programs your company could benefit from having includes:
• Forklift Operator Checklist
• Ground Ladder Test
• Qualitative Respirator Fit Test
• General Respiratory Plan
• Hazard Communication Plan
• Chain Sling Inspection Form
• Chemical Hygiene Plan
• Fire Prevention Plans
• Crane Inspection Form
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