7 Workplace Safety Tips for Hazardous Work Environments

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How safe is your workplace?

We’ve got some workplace safety tips for you.

One of the biggest challenges in running a business is the issue of employee safety. Despite the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workplace-related injuries are recorded in staggering numbers.

Every year, more than 4,500 Americans die on the job and over 4 million suffer from serious work-related injuries. Worse, approximately 60% are not even reported in the national surveys.    

Workplace-related injuries are most prominent in industries like air transportation, wood manufacturing and animal agriculture. This is due to the nature of the work and the kind of equipment used in these jobs.

But just because your industry does not make it to the top of the list does not mean you are free from vulnerability. Any workplace can be vulnerable to hazards that may cost you more than just your company’s productivity.

Types of Work Hazards

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Contrary to what most people think, there is more to workplace hazards than physical injury. The first step in making sure your employees are safeguarded against workplace injury is knowing what type of hazards lurk in your business space. Here are six of the most common types of Work Environment Hazards:

  1.   Chemical     
  2.   Physical
  3.   Biological
  4.   Ergonomic
  5.   Psychological
  6.   Radiation

Some workplaces are more vulnerable than others, but recognizing which hazards your employees may face at work will help you find better ways to avoid them.

Workplace Safety Tips

 

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Here are some workplace safety tips to guard your employees against the most common hazards:

  1.   Ensure proper equipment handling. Most if not all of the more serious types of workplace-related injuries are caused by improper handling of equipment. Burns, cuts, and accidental amputations are some of the most common life-threatening injuries caused by equipment. Being caught in moving machinery at work is also one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities. Make sure to invest in the proper education of each of your employees in the safe use of your workplace machinery.
  2.   Encourage proper communication. Poor communication in the workplace is not only the leading cause of misunderstandings and conflicts amongst co-workers, it can also cause injuries! Make sure that your employees know how to recognize signs of danger in the workplace – malfunctioning parts and machines, dangerous processes, etc. – and that they are well aware of the importance of reporting these problems immediately to management so prompt action may be taken.
  3.   Have an escape plan in place. Along with having an escape plan, regularly brief employees on what to do in case accidents or hazardous events occur. Make sure there are signs/reminders of the escape plan visible throughout every department of the workplace. Also ensure that exit routes are clearly marked.
  4.   Invest in proper equipment. Saving a few bucks on low-quality equipment may cost you more than just money in the long run. About 4% of all workplace-related injuries are caused by faulty equipment and most of these cases were generally preventable! Invest in high-quality equipment as well as safety devices to avoid unwanted incidents!
  5.   Hold regular first aid trainings and maintain first aid kits throughout the workplace. You never know when an accident will strike. Proper knowledge of administering first aid is as essential, in addition to having first aid kits within easy reach all over the workplace.
  6.   Invest in high-quality, ergonomic facilities. 33% of all reported workplace injury and illness cases are due to musculo-skeletal disorders. These conditions are often painful and uncomfortable and are considered a serious workplace health hazard. Thankfully, there’s equipment and facilities that will help improve your workspace for the benefit of your employees – from chairs to tables to floor mats.
  7.   Invest in high-quality, durable protective workwear. Your employees’ first line of defense against burns, explosions, and accidentally getting run over at your workplace are the clothes they wear. Invest in proper protective workwear like Doritex’s flame-resistant and high-visibility clothing. Our industry-approved apparel is not only built for maximum protection but is also designed to last the rigors of physically demanding jobs. Contact Doritex at 800-242-2145 or connect with us on social media to learn more about our line of protective workwear.

Invest in your employees!

We hope you’ve found these workplace safety tips helpful.

Your employees are the lifeblood of your business. To learn more about employee safety, visit the OSHA website.