Did you know that in 2019, 171.0 billion dollars was lost to workplace injuries? A workplace injury is going to cost not only medical but also days lost and administrative costs.
In every workplace, it is vital that your employees are aware of workplace hazards. If you want to save your company time and money, keep reading for safety tips to prevent workplace injury.
One of the most important things you can do is educate your employees. Not only is safety training a good idea for your bottom line, but it is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.
Requirements for safety education when it comes to OSHA falls into several categories. One that most people are familiar with is hazardous chemicals.
With hazardous chemicals, companies must keep safety data sheets that educate their employees on the chemicals and safety precautions.
Another element of OSHA and safety training are illness and injury prevention programs. These programs are designed to help employees prevent injury or illness that could happen due to work.
While OSHA discusses injury and illness prevention programs, only 34 states have requirements surrounding these programs. However, it is highly recommended by OSHA that all employers implement these types of programs.
Another way to educate your employees is through a job safety analysis or JSA. These are also known as job hazard analyses.
This type of tool is great to use in jobs with high injury rates, jobs with the potential to cause disabling or severe illness, jobs with potential for human error that could cause a severe accident, new or changed jobs, or jobs that need written instructions.
For example, it would be wise to utilize a JSA for construction jobs. These jobs are well known to have the potential for severe and disabling injuries if done incorrectly.
Having a JSA available to your employees is an integral part of your workplace safety plan.
It is impossible to remove every hazard within the workplace; however, eliminating the ones you can is a significant first step.
There are often many hazards within the workplace that can be removed. Having your employees help you watch for them can be helpful too.
Removable hazards can include but are not limited to:
- Loose floor tiles
- Frayed carpet
- Power cords in walkways Unstable handrails
- Burnt-out lights
- Improper ventilation
- Icy conditions in the winter
- Items such as boxes blocking halls
Finding these hazards and removing them will immediately help with preventing workplace injury.
When seeking to build your safety program, reach out for a free safety consultation through OSHA. This program is free and confidential to small and medium businesses.
There are no citations or penalties that result from this program. The purpose is to help evaluate the safety of your workplace so you can implement measures to ensure safety before an accident happens.
There are many benefits to a safety consultation through OSHA. These benefits apply to your workforce, management, and business.
Ultimately you can take every step necessary to ensure safety, but accidents still happen. Ensure that your company is prepared to address workplace injuries and illnesses with workman’s compensation insurance.
Start your plan to prevent workplace injury today. Your employees and company will benefit from having the proper training and tools at their disposal.
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