Safety at work makes sense when supervisors get involved with the workers under them.
They prevent injuries and minimize the seriousness of injuries when an accident does occur by teaching safety at work in their divisional group meetings.
Supervisors should be taught to be “active listeners”. Communication between supervisors and workers is an important aspect of the safety at work awareness for your business.
Workers and supervisors have the ability to reduce injuries by teaching safety rules and demonstrating the correct methods to do a job. You want to document this training for record keeping in case of injuries or if you have an OSHA visit to prove you had training for safety at work. By prevention you can increase productivity and discomfort from an injury to your co workers. You want your employees to feel comfortable bringing any concerns to their supervisor or safety committee members. Safety plays an important role for your most valued asset: “YOUR EMPLOYEES”.
Maintaining safety at work requires attention to chemical hazards, equipment and work station design, physical environment including temperature, humidity, light, noise, ventilation, space, task design, psychological factors and sometimes, other environment exposures such as summer temperatures and winter cold spells. For example, a security guard cannot stand in the sun for longer that 30 minutes if the heat is over 85 degrees. They will need special clothing for heat and cold. They will need hats to protect their head, ears, nose and etc from the temperature. Remember safety at work also involves temporary and sub leased employees. As the owner of the business, whether you be a corporation or not you have to make sure the contracted employers employees are protected too. They must provide you with the safety manual their employees were trained from for safety at work for your approval. OSHA requires documentation and so will your workers compensation carrier if an injury occurs.
A well-designed workspace allows each employee to work comfortably without needing to overextend, use awkward postures, sit or stand too long. On other occasions, the equipment may be satisfactory but the task could be redesigned for safety at work under your standard of operations.
You want everyone at your place of business to walk the safety walk as well as talk the safety talk. Safety awareness is the key to success in preventing injuries. You cannot stress enough at your safety committee meetings that which is required for documentation and specific training sessions for safety at work.
Supervisors regularly need to assess how well people are doing when it comes to safety at work.
Here are seven areas to consider when evaluating worker safety:
1. Do they follow the rules and stick to accepted safety at work practices that are written by your department?
2. Do they always use the provided safety equipment?
3. Do they report unsafe acts, conditions and equipment that is not operating correctly?
4. Do your employees offer suggestions to solve safety problems or concerns? Can their suggestions be turned in to your safety committee to help other departments?
5. Are employees planning their work to include safety checks before they start?
6. Do they support the overall safety at work programs?
7. Do they report any illness or injury that arises from the job immediately to the Human Resource Department, Safety Office or Security if applicable per your safety at work rules?