Workplace safety is an important concern for employers as well as the government. There is need to ensure that every workplace is safe for all the workers and the general public. This can be done, by among other things, ensuring that every workplace is professionally designed to enhance safety. Other tips for improving work safety include:
i) Hiring Properly Trained and Certified Workers
The key to workplace safety lies in hiring workers who are properly trained to operate machines in a safe way. You cannot hire just any person to perform a task or operate sophisticated pieces of machinery as this may expose them to danger. Furthermore, they may damage the machine or damage the items being processed, assembled or manufactured, in case of a factory.
ii) Employee Safety Training
After hiring a qualified workforce, the management must also take employees through safety training, including carrying out emergency drills in case of fire hazard, earthquakes or explosions. Each employee should also be trained in first aid as this will go a long way in improving work safety.
iii) Equipping Employees with Safety Gear
Factory workers need to have safety helmets, overalls, safety boots, ear morphs, goggles and safety gloves. In case of an accident, these safety gear will help to minimize the injuries. For instance, if a lose machine part falls onto a worker, the helmet will help to prevent serious injuries. The same applies to safety boots, which can protect the worker’s feet from injury in case something falls onto their feet.
iv) Having First Aid Stations
Every workplace needs to have a fire assembly point and a first aid/nursing station. This is where any injured worker can be given first aid and prepared for evacuation to a local hospital in case of serious injuries. These stations should be properly equipped and maintained to ensure they have everything they need to offer emergency first aid.
v) Fire Extinguishers
Every workplace is different, so different types of fires can occur. Depending on the types of flammable materials that are found at the workplace, there should be foam, CO2 and water-based fire extinguishers. These fire fighting equipment should be strategically located to ensure that any fire can be put out before it causes serious damage.
vi) Caution Signs
Lastly, every workplace needs to have hazard signs to warn employees of potential dangers. These signs should be placed in easy-to-see places to ensure that employees do not miss them.