How to Maintain Safety at Work
Workplace accidents sadly claim the lives of over 14 American workers every day. While the loss of life is certainly tragic, what’s even more upsetting is that many of these untimely deaths could have been prevented.
By staying vigilant about maintaining compliance with safety regulations, employers and workers can stay safe in their workplaces and avoid potentially catastrophic accidents.
The importance of National Safety Month
June of every year is National Safety Month, celebrated in respect for the thousands of workers who lose their lives in the various industries that make modern life possible. It also serves as a great reminder that there are numerous regulations in place to ensure safety, giving organizations the chance to check their compliance.
For example, many high-risk industries like construction and transportation have workers who give their very best to ensure the integrity of their work and often labor in treacherous circumstances of extreme weather and heavy duty equipment. National Safety Month aims to increase awareness amongst companies and their employees that basic safety needs to be a top priority for businesses around the world.
Ways to gauge safety in the workplace
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for improving work conditions and security compliance in America. Furthermore, the National Safety Council (NSC) has suggested a framework to assess existing safety. This will allow for changes to be made, improving safety in the process.
●Measurement of workplace compliance with existing regulations – Employees responsible for handling high risk constructions and equipment diligently survey touch points (strength of leashes, skill of crane users and so on) may exhibit vulnerability and benchmark provisions contrary to industry standards.
●Hazard tracking – While it's vital to know the safety score of the workplace, it's only one piece of the puzzle. Track touch points for signs of deterioration must also be noted. Thus, accidents in the workplace can be minimized.
●Employee engagement – This is where a robust safety system can be created. The blueprint employees are given can be followed. Engagement and compliance programs play into this, utilizing emotion driven content and workplace safety stats to create awareness.
Additional safety tips
It may be the most basic measures that save lives. However, these can be overlooked by employers and employees alike. To help play into this, companies should take the following steps:
● Set up training when new tools are introduced.
● Utilizing high-quality gear. Such examples include eye gear, fire resistant clothes, and PPE.
● Create communication among coworkers. Otherwise, the risk of workplace accidents can increase.
● Allow senior workers to mentor young interns and assistants. This allows for seasoned coaching and guidance, creating respect and guidance for the workplace in newbies.
American Casting & Manufacturing Corp. is the premium manufacturer of superior quality ferrous castings. With this progressive management and its dedication to excellence, it strives to achieve 100% safety in its shop floors and other endeavors.