Even the smallest object could prove to be the biggest hazard and it’s important to be safety orientated whilst in the workplace as failure to adhere to certain rules and regulations can cause lots of damage. It’s true that slips, trips and falls make up the majority of workplace injuries and as the solutions are generally cost-effective, it’s important to make a conscious effort to implement them.
It makes sense that the first thing an individual must do is use common sense. I believe it’s important to actively seek out problems that may cause distress to your own well-being or that of someone else. Create checklists in groups and ensure that the checklists are completed at certain times in order to reduce hazards.
As well as identifying these various risks, it’s important to ensure that no obstacles are put in the way of any fire exits or in a way that they’ll act as significant obstructions.
Adopt a ‘Clean As You Go’ Mentality at Work
You’d be surprised at how many accidents at work can be avoided by just a bit of extra effort. If there’s a spillage, waste no time in sweeping it up or getting someone else to ensure it’s done.
Dispose of waste and keep the operation running smoothly; it can be important and I’ve seen people decide that they have too much on their plate to be able to deal with something efficiently beforehand, leaving a very clear and present danger for potential customers.
Use light appliances that will help you do your job. I’ve been around supply rooms before which haven’t had adequate lighting and even if it’s not ‘dark’, it will cause a problem and if it isn’t an actual problem, someone will surely brand it a problem if an accident occurs.
If there’s no light source, make sure you have a torch or a portable source of lighting. Even if the area is just floor, make sure the lighting is improved and that all faulty bulbs are replaced in an efficient manner.
Footwear and Flooring
Not everyone’s first health and safety tip, but having the right footwear can be very important as it means that if you do step foot on uneven and awkward flooring, you’ll have enough grip to stay standing.
Tie shoelaces efficiently and if it can be avoided, try not to wear anything with large heels, no matter how attractive, which can increase the chance of an accident, particularly on loose or slippery flooring. Use doormats in wet conditions to keep the water secluded and ensure signs/boards indicate where there is water on the floor.
Consider Health and Safety Training for Staff
When I first started work at a massive retail company, I was immediately whisked away into a room where they showed us copious amounts of safety videos, each involving a different hazard. It may seem like common sense but it’s part of regulations that staff are aware of these tips.
There are health assessment forms which need to be passed around to employees so that they can take the active steps to prevent them. They need to be part of the process and for those that wish to take a more active role, there are other tasks they can do, such as engaging in first-aid care.
Accidents at work can, and will, happen. It’s not always going to be possible to prevent them effectively but these steps will go a long way in ensuring that the possibility of an accident occurring is significantly reduced.
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Ross Davies is part of the team at Lebreton Health and Safety Training and is a regular blogger on all aspects of both classroom based and online health & safety training including courses on accidents in the workplace and preventing slips, trips and falls..