by Kristi Von Tickner, VP / Financial Services Manager, Scott Valley Bank
Safety in the workplace can vary widely depending on the nature of your business. Since employers are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of employees, a culture of safety can be built by establishing an effective safety policy and creating safety education opportunities for employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforce workplace safety regulations and provide resources to employers to make sure they are compliant with federal and local safety guidelines.
The bullet points below were found on Workplace Safety Experts.com.
Most Common Types of Accidents
- Slips, Trips and Falls are some of the biggest problems at all worksites. While they are technically three different accidents they are often grouped together as one large problem. Slips, trips and falls can often result in serious injuries.
- Electrical accidents can be extremely dangerous. If the electric volt is high enough it can kill a person. Also many fires in the workplace are caused by faulty electrical wiring.
- Manual handling injuries often include lifting, pushing, lowering, carrying and several other types of strenuous movements. These types of injuries can damage muscles and tissues in your body. Employers can reduce the number of manual handling injuries in the workplace by teaching proper lifting methods.
Common Sense Safety in the Workplace
- Never leave boxes, papers or other objects lying on the floor. These are the top causes for slips and trips in the workplace.
- Use a ladder to reach items that are placed above your head. Trying to stretch and reach them or using a chair to stand on will most likely result in an injury. You need a sturdy base and both hands to grab the item.
- Pay attention to workplace signs such as “Do Not Enter” or “No Smoking”. They are there for a reason and are potentially harmful if ignored.
- Never run wires or cords across traffic areas.
- Always wear the personal protective gear your company gives you. It was given to you and required to be worn for a reason.
- Keep all legs of your chair on the ground.
- Keep your work area clean and tidy.
- Don’t use your cell phone when performing other tasks. This is dangerous for several reasons, but the most important one is that it will distract you.
- If you work outside, protect yourself with sunscreen and bug spray.
- Don’t goof around. Horseplay should never be an issue at work. Common sense tells us that messing around while operating machinery can be dangerous.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Know what is going on around you to prevent accidents from occurring.
- Turn off all equipment before walking away from it even if you are only going to be gone a few seconds.
- Check electrical cords for frays or splits before plugging them in.
Knowing what accidents occur most often and teaching common sense practices will help both employers and employees create and maintain a strong safety culture within the workplace.