The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the highest number of workplace injuries are experienced in the manufacturing industry. Light industrial workers and construction teams experience 10,388 severe work injuries each year. June is National Safety Month and we’ve focused our blogs on some of the common workplace injury issues that are so costly to our employers. Let’s look at 10 of the best security tips for our light industrial clients to keep everyone a little safer in 2021.
Top 10 Safety To-Do’s—Light Industrial Category
- Create a safety culture where early reporting is a win. Engage your workforce in safety and build an organization that praises safety first instead of penalizing alert workers for speaking out.
- Create and follow safety checklists to identify potential hazards. Every workspace should be regularly reviewed by asking the following questions:
- What machinery are my workers exposed to, and when was the equipment last inspected?
- Are there fall hazards in this area ad how can they be removed?
- Are we using the proper personal protective equipment?
While these are just a few of the most basic questions, making sure someone is regularly doing safety walkthroughs is important.
- Require the right safety gear, whether it’s respirators when dealing with toxic materials or hardhats. You should also regularly check this equipment to make sure the security gear is undamaged and working properly.
- Speaking of maintenance, having a regular schedule of preventative maintenance on your equipment is a necessity. The misuse of tools and machines is a significant cause of workplace injury each year. You can lessen your risk by regularly checking these tools and also teaching your workers to do the same.
- Communicate regularly about safety. If you’re doing the same job day in and day out, it’s easy to become complacent. Talking with your workforce about the importance of safety will keep these issues top of mind and make your teams more aware of the risks and how to avoid them.
- Take more breaks. This may sound counterintuitive to productivity, but it’s when your employees get tired that accidents occur. Regular breaks will keep them more alert and help with the fatigue related to repetitive motion injuries.
- Organize and clean workspaces to avoid clutter and keep everyone safer. Every employee should leave their shift area looking a little better than when they left it the night before. Consider setting up a rewards program to support employees in keeping things a little cleaner and safer.
- Actively work to prevent trips and falls, which is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. Keeping aisles clear and using drips and guards that prevent oil slicks or other wet spots on walkways will help.
- Teach employees how to lift properly. Having good posture reduces strain on the joints and muscles. Encourage your teams to get help when lifting heavy objects. Teach them how to have a wide stance when lifting from the knees and not the back.
- Strive to improve. Making safety an active part of your business should be a regular part of your goal-setting process. Safety is everyone’s business, so work with your teams to keep this issue top of mind.
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