Universal Safety Practices

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The importance of safety practices cannot be overstated. Every organisation is responsible for the safety of employees while they are working. In 2015, OSHA estimated safety problems cost companies $1 billion a week. Understanding universal safety practices and how to implement them will help keep everyone protected while ensuring the company’s financial security

Safety may seem like a boring topic, but an unsafe work environment cannot be ignored. Employers have a responsibility to keep all their employees safe both legally and ethically. Understanding the risks that companies face along with the benefits that safety practices provide will help establish why universal safety practices are so important

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments in the United States have a call every 23 seconds, making fire-related safety practices highly important. Implementing fire safety requires an understanding of the different causes and types of fires as well as effective assessments and prevention methods.

Sound is an easily overlooked but serious hazard that must be addressed. Unsafe noise levels can lead to hearing loss. OSHA estimates that 242 million dollars are spent every year on employee hearing loss. Not only do noise levels damage hearing, but they also harm communication, which can increase misunderstandings and employee accidents and injuries.

Chemical and safety hazards occur even in seemingly safe environments. From cleaning products to overused outlets, there are risks everywhere. Being aware of the dangers related to the chemicals and electricity will help prevent disaster. Always be aware of what chemicals are on the premises and how the electricity is being used.

Ergonomic risks factors can lead to injury. Poor posture, strain, vibrations, contract pressure, and temperature can all lead to injury, pain, and cost the ability to work. They make up roughly 1/3 of the worker injuries. Ergonomic-related injuries are not immediately recognizable. They occur over time, which means that it is easy to overlook the danger until it is too late. 

Workplace violence has been gaining media attention in recent years. It is the leading cause of workplace deaths for women. Recognising the risk of workplace violence such as the stressors and triggers will help avoid unfortunate incidents. Workplace violence is not the worst-case scenario. Threats, harassment, and intimidation are all considered acts of violence. The point is to reduce risk and take steps early.

Transportation occurs on the roadways and company property. While driving may seem low on the list of safety priorities, it is still a serious threat. According to OSHA, there is a vehicle-related death occurs every 12 minutes. Accidents do not just happen in cars. They also occur in company vehicles, such as go-carts, cranes, forklifts, etc. Assessing onsite and offsite transportation will help guide policies that will prevent injury.

Machines have been a part of the workplace since the rise of industry. While machines have the potential to improve productivity and make some tasks easier, they can also increase risks to employee safety. When people work with machinery on a regular basis, it is easy to downplay the dangers that they face. Companies have a responsibility to ensure that employees are aware of their risks and how to avoid them. 

Companies need safety programs that cater to the needs of their employees, vendors, and customers. While it is possible to hire consultants, any risks are the responsibility of the organization. Safety programs require performing a risk assessment, establishing goals and objectives, developing policies and procedures, and training employees to adhere to the program guidelines.  

Every safety program requires careful monitoring. Safety policies are not static. They will need alterations, and monitoring will show strengths and weaknesses. Monitoring requires establishing KPIs as well as audits and inspections. Data and incident reports must also be assessed to determine what is effective what improvements can be made.

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