Tue 12 Feb 2008
It takes a little bit of effort and money to increase safety at your workplace, but if you take the initiative, then you can ensure that you and your staff remain a safe distance away from any danger.
An Ounce of Prevention….
Follow a preventive maintenance program. Keep your machines or equipment in proper working order by having them checked out regularly.
That way, you can detect small problems before they have the potential to become life-threatening.
Educate Your Staff
Be firm but tactful in explaining the importance of safety in the workplace to your employees. Keep an eye on them to ensure that your safety programs are being implemented. Reward employees who provide innovative ideas to improve safety.
Provide the right safety equipment to ensure that your employees are well-protected. Above all, don't buy substandard safety equipment just to save money.
You could end up paying a lot more money in employee claims — or lawsuits.
Follow a Proper System
Keep all your tools in their designated place so that they are easier to find and don't pose a safety hazard. Sharp tools should be kept in enclosed areas with the proper markings and warnings posted.
Keep first aid kits and extinguishers in visible places where they can be accessed easily. It doesn't hurt to invest in a few extra fire extinguishers.
Practice What You Preach
You should follow all the rules that you are trying to enforce. That way, your staff will be motivated to follow your actions.
Workplace safety is everyone's responsibility. Having a proper program in place will ensure that the safety at your workplace is not compromised.