Worksite safety has become a comedic tool in popular media, such as billboards announcing the days a site has gone without an accident a common image used to produce laughs.
But for people working in the industry, worksite safety is no laughing matter. Accidents happen every day, with consequences spanning from costly repairs to serious injury and death. Ensuring a worksite is as safe as it can be is paramount for any business, and skimping on safety can be costly down the line, and lead to lifechanging consequences for you and those around. Not only that, but safety-mindedness is a key quality of great leadership. You can learn more information about these procedures via Web FM.
When making improvements to worksite safety can be done relatively easily, there’s really no excuse not to make sure a worksite is as safe as it can be. Both you, your employees and anyone else visiting the site will be happy for it.
Assess risks present at your workplace
What chemicals are present? Any paints, pesticides, petrol, and solvents? Make sure they are properly stored, handled, disposed of and labelled.
What tasks require people to move objects? Overtime lifting and pushing and handling heavy objects can lead to real strain on the body, or immediate and harmful accidents if moved incorrectly.
Are there slippery or uneven surfaces? Make sure to reduce them where you can, and where you cannot, make sure to mark them carefully and otherwise make people aware of them.
Make sure that all employees and people on-site wear appropriate equipment. This may include gloves, safety shoes, masks, hardhats, hi-vis clothing, safety harnesses, sunscreen.
Make sure to inform people verbally and through signage of all present threats and required safety gear to minimise the chances of on-site accidents.
Keep appropriate medical equipment on site for smaller injuries (such as band aids, rubbing alcohol, respirators, pain medication etc), and familiarise yourself with contact information and directions to the nearest hospitals in case of more severe accidents.
Make sure your insurance plan is valid, that it applies to all employees and visitors to your site, and that all potential risks present are covered. While insurance policies can be pricey, the potential cost of paying out of hand when accidents occur will most likely be much greater.
Benefits of a safe workplace
We spend a substantial amount of our adult lives at work. Feeling unsafe at work can (if it doesn’t lead to direct injury) still lead to stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure and overall frustrated or unhappy employees. A safe workplace is a must for a good workplace and happy employees and is likely to save you money.