Many companies offer workplace safety training for their employees. Proper safety training programs can prevent many work-related injuries and even deaths by providing workers with procedures that create safe working environments. Workplace training is only effective, however, when workers pay attention to the information they are receiving and implement the safety suggestions.
In examining the leading causes of workplace injuries and how to prevent them, safety experts stress that prevention is most effective when workers adhere and communicate safety standards within a company. Paying attention to workplace safety training is vital for all workers.
The following best practices for workplace safety are most frequently discussed in workplace trainings:
Remain Alert for Potential Hazards
Workers always should be aware of their surroundings and pay particular attention to the unique hazards associated with their specific job tasks. From managers to line workers, all employees should keep their eyes open for potentially hazardous situations. For some employees, this may mean remaining alert for changes in machinery, moving equipment or the location of safety lines. Unsafe conditions should be promptly reported to a supervisor or manager.
Be Prepared for the Job
Knowing the demands of the job and being prepared with the proper protective equipment is an important preventative step to avoid workplace injuries. Wearing the correct safety equipment including safety helmets, earplugs or earmuffs, safety googles, face masks, gloves or other protective gear is a necessary safety step in many occupations. Being prepared for a job also means employees should always be sober at work. Approximately 3 percent of workplace fatalities can be attributed to the use of drugs or alcohol, which can affect an employee’s judgment, reaction times, coordination, motor skills, concentration or alertness.
Use Equipment Properly
Machines and tools present a safety risk when used improperly or for unintended purposes. Many machines and power tools have safety guards that should always be engaged while in use. Workers should not use shortcuts when working with machines and tools. Properly maintain and inspect regularly-used equipment to minimize the potential for injury. When possible, workers should use mechanical aids including wheelbarrows, conveyor belts, forklifts or cranks when lifting, moving or carrying heavy items or equipment.
Employees who work at desks can benefit from using ergonomically correct furniture and equipment. This can help an employee avoid back and neck problems by keeping a worker’s shoulders aligned with their hips. Workers who stand all day should strive to align their body properly with the machines and equipment they are using.
Take Scheduled Rest Breaks
Workers who are overworked, physically exhausted or mentally fatigued pose a safety risk to themselves and others. Taking regularly scheduled rest breaks can counterattack feelings of burn out or inattention. Safety experts recommend tackling more difficult tasks in the morning when workers are most alert.
Provide Access to Exits
Emergency exits must be easily accessible to all workers. When an emergency occurs, employers should know the quickest way to exit the building. Employees should also know how to operate emergency equipment shut-offs should the need arise.
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