More than 10 American workers die every day on the job. It’s time to change this unacceptable statistic.

Here’s how your employees can keep themselves safer during the workday:

  • Avoid distractions behind the wheel. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities on the job, according to John A. Dony, Director of the Campbell Institute.

  • Wear a mask when dealing with hazardous chemicals. Respiratory exposure is one of the major risks of using hazardous chemicals. Review the label and check the quality of your protection.

  • Use protective eyewear. Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury: including chemical burns, thermal burns and particles striking the eye that requires medical treatment, according to the CDC.

  • Take another look at the scaffolding. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers frequently work on scaffolds; protection from scaffold-related accidents would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year according to OSHA. Check the structure: unstable objects, such as barrels, boxes, loose bricks or concrete blocks must not be used to support scaffolds or planks.

  • Protect yourself against falls. Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. To prevent falls, OSHA recommends: using aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated working surfaces; erecting guardrail systems with warning lines near surface edges; covering floor holes; and using body harnesses.

  • Check your safety standards. Some OSHA workplace safety standards are over 50 years old and following regulation without further research can put you at serious risk. Double-check the dates on safety regulations.

Here’s how you can keep your employees safer at work:

  • Develop a strong safety culture. Starting with management, there should be a company-wide priority for safety, in every department, every day. Periodically sending emails with safety precautions or hanging flyers is not enough.

  • Take advantage of training and networking opportunities. Staying on top of the latest in safety is crucial for both employers and workers.

  • Ensure clear, accurate labels on hazardous materials. Labels should be written in the appropriate language and in a way that both workers and employers could easily understand, with pictograms when possible.

  • Don’t trust just one source for safety regulations. Look to multiple safety guides for training on hazardous products.