Whether you are an employee or employer – this is a topic that matters. In the case of the former, it’s probably going to be the thing that keeps you safe in the workplace. For the latter, it might be the thing that keeps you out of court.
Of course, every industry in the world is going to have slightly different rules and regulations when it comes to workplace safety, as some jobs are more dangerous than others. Today is going to look at the topic from more of a general point of view and showcase five tips that everybody should abide by.
Tip #1 – It’s all about the training
It doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on a construction site, if you deliver adequate training the chances of a workplace injury occurring diminish significantly.
In the office environment it might be about the area of the room where you work. On a construction site, the risks are more obvious. Regardless, if you can make other people aware of the risks, you’ll do wonders for boosting the overall safety of your workplace.
Tip #2 – Familiarize yourself with the official guidelines
In pretty much every industry going there will be some safety guidelines. Unsurprisingly, some have more than others, and if we were to hone in on the construction sector you can see an example over here.
In short, make sure you know these like the back of your hand. They have been put together based off statistics and countless other pieces of data, meaning that they are designed to prevent the most common workplace accidents.
Tip #3 – Wear the correct PPE
Particularly with coronavirus grabbing the headlines, we’ve seen a big emphasis on PPE over recent times.
Whether it’s worker safety gloves, eyewear protection or even full body protection clothing, you need to ensure you are covered. Your employer, or industry body, will likely have the official recommendations to hand but you should also always take a commonsense approach. If something seems as though it might carry risks, turn to PPE regardless of whether it is recommended or not in the handbooks.
Tip #4 – Make reporting part of your work
Safety breaches will happen – it’s the nature of most workplaces. However, the key to ensuring that accidents and injuries are kept to a minimum is to make reporting part of your work. In other words, if you spot a risk, report it to the relevant department or person as a matter of urgency. Try and sway away from the policy of letting someone else picking it up.
Tip #5 – Remember the security-factor
As you can see, much of today has focused on the obvious safety concerns. If we were to stereotype by workplace, his might involve avoiding slips and falls on a building site, or daisy chaining in an office environment.
However, there is more to workplace safety than the above. This also tackles security and regardless of where you work, you need to ensure that you are covered appropriately. It might be about not letting others into a building without a security badge, or it might be about never working alone. The point we are trying to make is that you need to be on your guard, regardless of the type of industry you work in.