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Workplace Safety Measures

It’s not always easy being a health and safety professional. Safety, although it directly affects your employees, is not always their first priority when performing their daily activities. It can be hard to get your workforce to adopt some of the workplace safety practices that you know will help to keep them safe.

Unless enforced, many workplace safety measures that you establish may fall through the cracks. Safety professionals must prioritize best 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 observing the following essential safety practices.

Scheduled Breaks
Fatigue can result in slower reactions, reduced ability to process information, memory lapses, absent-mindedness, decreased awareness, lack of attention, underestimation of risk and reduced coordination., It’s 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 can also 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 limited knowledge about certain workplace hazards. This is due to the fact that many workplace hazards are not apparent unless you run into them while carrying out your duties. Since employees know more than anyone about the types of things they may run into on the job, they should play an integral role in locating and alleviating such risks. These employees should be taught to actively look for risks and report them to management.

Maintain Responsibility for the Company’s Health and Safety Policy
As the person in charge of safety at your company, you are responsible for the Health and Safety as well as Lone Worker Policies. However, these policies also come with responsibilities for your workforce. All your employees should be thoroughly versed and trained on all health and safety matters and updated whenever you make policy changes. This is so appropriate actions are taken in the event of an emergency because when seconds count, they should not be waiting for instructions.

While there are a multitude of safety procedures and practices in addition to the ones above, this is a great starting point and things that every employee across all roles and industries simply cannot afford to forego.

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