How to prevent accidents in the Workplace
In the workplace, no matter your line of work, whether you’re a telephone company, construction site or law firm, employees, customers, and others are likely to have some form of accident at one time or another. Usually, these accidents are minimal, perhaps resulting in no physical damage to the individual. However, occasionally, slips and falls can be serious, not only resulting in large lawsuits, but injuring your employees or customers.
There is a solution, though. Educating and training your staff on slips, trips, and falls can help reduce and/or prevent these from happening. This increases the safety of your staff and business. Oh, and it’ll also save Karen from finance having to retell the story of how she fell in front of your newest and largest client. No matter how funny it may be the seventh time hearing it.
The remainder of this article will discuss more on accidents in the workplace, more specifically, how slips, trips, and finally can be prevented and why online training is the way to go to counter these.
How can slips, trips, and falls be prevented in the workplace?
As previously mentioned, slips, trips, and falls are fairly common in the workplace. However, reducing these numbers should be a priority, increasing the safety and well-being of your employees and protecting your business.
To prevent slips, trips, and falls, you should:
- Use signs where appropriate, for example: slippery when wet
- Educate all staff on the latest safety procedures
- Provide appropriate PPE
- Inspect the workplace and conditions regularly
Each of these will now be explained in more depth below.
Use signs where appropriate
Firstly, you should use health and safety signs where appropriate. For instance, if a floor is wet or slippery, use the right sign to inform all employees and visitors of this. The same applies to heavy machinery and other dangerous objects scattered around the workplace.
Educate all staff on the latest safety procedures
Second, all staff should be educated on the latest safety procedures for your place of work, including how to use machinery safely. This learning can take place online via courses or in-person, so long as it’s done!
Provide appropriate PPE
Second, to last, you need to provide appropriate PPE to all of your staff. For example, if working in conditions that are dangerous, perhaps high in radiation then you would need to provide suits and masks to protect your employees.
The same applies to those working at height and one million other scenarios… PPE is vital.
Inspect the workplace and equipment regularly
Finally, it’s essential to inspect the workplace regularly, including the equipment. You should assess for any potential risks, including faulty equipment, slippery floors, unstable working environments and structures, and more.
Ensure to take the time to assess often, as this allows you to know the exact condition of your workplace environment.
Why online training?
Online training is the best method of training currently available, especially amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You can educate your whole team to prevent slips, trips, and falls in the workplace, with your staff able to take these courses in their own time, super convenient, and budget-friendly.
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