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.