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There’s No Excuse For Putting Your Employees At Risk!

Nothing should be more important in your business than the care and safety of your employees. Your employees are the ones who are able to take your vision for your business and turn it into a reality. Without them, your business simply wouldn’t be able to function. Which makes it all the more awful just how many business owners are willing to put their employees at risk out of sheer negligence or lack of concern.

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If something happens to you employees, not only are they at risk, but your business is at serious risk of both lost productivity but also because, if it was because of something that you could have prevented, then you are likely to be liable for it, which is going to put your business in significant legal danger. To make sure that doesn’t happen, here are some things to do to make sure that your employee’s safety is your number one priority.

Equipment

You need to make sure that you’re always supplying your employees with the right equipment for whatever task they are doing at any time. If they are working with any form of machinery then you need to make sure that they have the right safety precautions in place, if they are working somewhere high up, or anywhere else unsafe, then make sure that they have safety harnesses from somewhere like FallProtectionPros.com. Without the right safety equipment even the safest, most responsible employee is in danger of having an accident.

Training

Of course, all of the equipment in the world isn’t going to make any difference if your employees don’t know what they’re doing. It’s every person’s responsibility to behave in such a way that they’re able to stay safe, but it’s down to your to provide your worker with the right kind of training so that they aren’t left unsure of what to do.

You should provide specific training for every task that your employees need to do that might potentially present any kind of risk to them or anyone else. This includes the use of electronics, any heavy machinery, any potentially hazardous materials, or environments that present any form of danger whatsoever.

Not only that but you should make sure to offer refresher courses so that your employees are always up to date with the latest procedures.

Environment

The most common reason that employees end up getting injured isn’t actually as a result of especially dangerous environments or tasks. Many of the most common accidents happen in common environments like office spaces.

This is because it’s all too easy to let things slip in areas where you don’t expect there to be many hazards. Loose cables in walkways, communal areas that are left untidy, and messy workspaces are all incredibly common reasons behind workplace accidents.

Make sure that you’re always encouraging your employees to take responsibility for the space that they occupy so that they’re not leaving it in a state that puts themselves or anyone else at any degree of risk, no matter how small.

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The Danger Zone: How You Take the Risk Out Of Your Manufacturing Business

danger-zoneIt’s not a secret that manufacturing is one of the industries that has a higher risk of injury. It’s only to be expected, given the machinery involved in a lot of those businesses. But that doesn’t mean you just sit back and accept that there will be injuries.

Being prepared for them is important, but so is working to reduce the chances of them happening. Many of these risks also apply to the construction business. Here are a few ways you should be doing that.

Slips, trips and falls                

It might not seem like the most pertinent risk in a manufacturing business. But perhaps that’s because you haven’t considered the risk seriously enough. Falls anywhere near a machine or storage units can cause serious damage.

Clear walkways are a necessity. Use floor markings to designate spaces where employees cannot leave any equipment, litter or other items. Take care of those walkways when the machinery isn’t operational and make sure signage is used in excess to highlight spillages.

Protective equipment is a must

You undoubtedly already know that you’re going to need protective equipment in the business. But are you doing enough to treat like the core part of safety that it is? An inventory system needs to be set up to make sure there is enough personal protection equipment at all times.

Inspections should be carried out regularly to assess the condition of the equipment and when replacements need to be made. Around different areas, you should use signs to indicate which equipment is required in that area.

Training your staff

The signs aren’t going to be enough of a reminder to your staff. You need to make regular safety training a priority. Not just on how they can avoid the various risks around the workplace, but how they can prevent them.

For instance, how to maintain the equipment they work with. You should also designate employees to train in first aid and safety officer duties.

Looking at your machines

You can’t talk about safety in any manufacturing business without taking a closer look at the machines. Your staff might not be qualified to give them the most thorough of inspections. For that, you need to consider a proper PUWER assessment.

It’s important to people with the right qualifications taking a closer look at the risks in the business. Otherwise, you may find yourself susceptible to some you never even considered.

Safer driving

A lot of manufacturing businesses make use of vehicles particularly for transporting materials and equipment. The safe driving and maintenance of those vehicles is another thing that needs to be taught. Make sure that no-one without the right license touches a vehicle. Then focus on special awareness at all times for those that do.

For instance, teach them maneuvers that reduce their need to reverse. When they do reverse, ensure they do it only after they have complete confirmation the space behind them is clear.

Vigilance and communication is the key. Ensure that you schedule maintenance and training sessions often. Your people and your equipment need to be kept up to date at all times. Don’t let it slip.