According to an article in business.com, taking proactive steps to create a safe working environment should be a top priority for all businesses, small or large.
Workplace accidents can have huge financial implications for businesses. But more importantly, the injuries that can be caused by such accidents can be devastating to the employees involved, as well as to their families and friends. In the most serious of accidents, the consequences can prove to be fatal.
The article lists 7 steps:
-Conduct Thorough Risk Assessments;
-Hire Competent Staff;
-Provide Regular Training;
-Ensure You Have Sufficient Staffing Levels;
-Inspect and Maintain Machinery and Company Vehicles;
-Always Have Good Housekeeping; and
-Provide Suitable Personal Protective Equipment.
There are many different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be utilized to help avoid work accidents and minimize the impact of them when they do occur.
In many cases, the use of protective equipment is essential, particularly in industries involving heavy machinery, tools, vehicles or hazardous substances.
It is important that employers look closely at where the use of PPE will be of benefit, and then ensure that suitable equipment is provided. Depending on the working environment and job role, this could include high visibility clothing, safety goggles, hard hats, gloves, safety boots or shoes, earplugs or knee pads.
As well as ensuring that PPE is provided, employers should make sure this equipment is properly maintained so that it continues to perform it’s intended function.
Employees should be trained on how to use the equipment, when to use it and how to keep it in good condition.