Accidents are unplanned occurrences that result in injuries, illness, death and loss of property and/or production. By managing risk and implementing a safety management system, injuries, illnesses and workplace incidents can be reduced and even eliminated.
- Know the Hazards
- Be aware of surroundings. Look around and identify workplace hazards that could cause harm.
- Implement strategies to reduce or eliminate hazards.
- Report unsafe areas or practices.
- Dress for the weather.
- Use the EHS job hazard analysis tools to identify hazards associated with job types.
2. Create a Safe Work Area
- Keep an orderly workplace. Poor housekeeping can cause serious health and safety hazards. The layout of the workplace should have adequate egress routes and be free of debris.
- Inspect vehicles before and after use. DRIVE SAFELY.
- Continually cultivate a culture of safety at your organization.
- Take breaks and move around regularly throughout the day. Small breaks (standing up and moving around) can make a big difference in combating the dangers of staying in a static position all day long.
- Pay attention to workstation ergonomics.
3. Use Safe Lifting Techniques
- Follow the following safe lifting practices:
- Lift from a position of power
- Keep the load close
- Use a staggered stance
- Don’t twist while lifting
- Training in body mechanics can reduce strain injuries and keep employees safe during lifting and moving.
- Even a 5-minute stretching routine before shift can help warm up muscles and reduce the likelihood of musculoskeletal injuries.
4. Personal Protective Equipment
- The proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can dramatically reduce the risk of injury. Examples of PPE include earplugs, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, air-purifying respirators and safety shoes.
5. Regular Communication
- Notify supervisors about safety hazards.
- Speak up and be involved in safety planning.
- Continually cultivate a culture of safety.
6. Education and Training
- Ensure everyone has the proper safety training relating to the hazards of the job.
- Take advantage of Environmental Health and Safety online training programs.
It is everyone’s responsibility to take an active role in maintaining safety. For more information about reducing injuries in the workplace, read “10 Tips to Prevent Workplace Injuries.”