I recently read a great article in The Houston Chronicle discussing four useful steps companies can take to identify safety and security issues in their facility. These steps can really help you take a proactive approach to your company’s safety, helping you avoid accidents and injuries down the road.
Step 1: Get OSHA Involved – Seeing as OSHA is the main organization responsible for enforcing safety-related rules, they are a great resource to point out potential safety hazards. Consider consulting with an OSHA inspector or scheduling a visit with one to review your facility and identify any potential safety hazards. An OSHA inspector can also provide you with safety inspector for your facility.
Step 2: Practice good record keeping – Keeping good records in important. You should keep records of all accidents and injuries that require at least one day off of work. This will help you identify common injuries in your workplace so you can take the necessary steps to prevent future injuries of the same kind.
Step 3: Hold regular safety training meetings – Most companies have annual safety training meetings. In addition to these meetings, consider holding additional sessions or workshops to keep workplace safety on the minds of employees and get regular feedback on your safety program. You might also want to consider holding drills to make sure everyone is prepared in case of an emergency.
Step 4: Involve employees in work-place walk throughs – Have employees walk through the facility with the safety supervisor or safety team and identify possible workplace hazards or safety improvements. The people that work in the workplace day in and day out are great resources and know their areas better than any one else.
In being proactive about facility and employee safety, companies can reduce accidents and the overall cost of doing business. Consider these four steps as you develop or look to improve your safety program.
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