Three Workplace Safety Measures All Employees Should Practice
It’s not always easy holding a safety professional title. Safety, although it directly affects your employees, is not always their first priority and can fall to the wayside when it comes to their daily activities that they carry out. It can be hard to get your employees to adopt some of the workplace safety practices that you know will help to keep them safe.
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The more workplace safety practices employees carry out, the more likely they are to be safe. However, in reality, unless enforced, many workplace safety techniques that you establish may fall through the cracks unless properly enforced. It is because of this that the safety professional must prioritize safety practices based on their importance in order to effectively provide the required protection for employees. If nothing else, as the safety professional, you should be sure that your employees are following these four essential safety practices through some type of enforcement.
Take scheduled breaks
With fatigue being one of the most common causes of workplace injuries, it is absolutely essential that employees take regularly scheduled breaks. Not only can this help to avoid exhaustion and injuries that are associated with mind and body fatigue, but it also can reduce stress. Stress can be a large contributing factor to incidents of workplace violence, so any opportunity to lower employee stress levels should be taken.
Inform management of potential safety hazards
An unfortunate reality for those responsible for employee safety is that while they may be trained to locate and alleviate safety risks, they often still have a limited knowledge, or perhaps a “blind spot,” to certain workplace hazards due to the fact that many workplace hazards are not apparent unless you run into them while carrying out your job responsibilities. Because of this, employees carrying out these job duties themselves know more than anyone else what types of things they may run into on the job and play an integral role in locating and alleviating such risks. These employees should be taught to actively look for such risks and report them to management.
Maintain responsibility for the company’s Emergency Action Plan
As the person in charge of safety at your company, you are responsible for creating a written Emergency Action Plan- documentation of important information to know and procedures to carry out in the event of an emergency. However, the Emergency Action Plan also comes with responsibilities for your employees. Your employees should all be thoroughly versed and trained on the plan so that they are able to take the appropriate action in the event of an emergency because, when minutes and seconds count, they should not be waiting for instructions from someone else. Employees should be aware of emergency exits, evacuation strategies, lock in strategies, etc., all of which are included with the Emergency Action Plan.
While there are a multitude of safety procedures and practices in addition to the ones above that we recommend in order to create a safe workplace environment, these are three that every single employee across all job types and industries simply cannot afford to forego. For more information on how SoloProtect can keep your employees safe, visit www.soloprotect.com/us.