For those in charge of workplace safety in an industrial facility, it can be quite difficult to balance effective safety practices with the demands and constraints of your budget. It’s important to keep in mind, however, the potential costs of inaction on the workplace safety front, and consider how much money your company might have to pay out for workplace accidents, injuries, or even death. Conducting proper safety training and evaluating your safety practices are key to the success of any safety program. Here are three safety measures you can implement right now that are easy and won’t bust your budget.
1. Teach Proper Posture
According to the Labor Department, more than one million workers suffer back injuries every year, and these account for a quarter of all workers’ compensation claims. Lifting heavy objects is part of the job for most industrial settings, so make sure you’re preventing back injuries by training your employees on proper posture. Create a list of lifting best practices, such as proper techniques and when to use team lifts, to minimize the number of back injuries on your team.
2. Provide Safety Goggles
It is estimated that there are a thousand eye injuries every day in the workplace, and these injuries cost companies over $300 million in lost productivity and workers’ comp every year. Even more incredible, 90% of those injuries could have been prevented with proper protective goggles. Provide all of your team members in hazardous areas with proper eye protection, making sure that they fit correctly and have the correct seal. If the goggles have scratches or marks that might reduce the wearer’s vision, dispose of them.
3. Warn About Trip Hazards
Slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of accidents in the workplace every year and contribute 15% of the total number of accidental deaths. It is imperative to get rid of as many trip hazards as possible in work areas. Train your workers to be aware and cautious of their surroundings and identify any particularly dangerous spots with them.
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