Businesses make New Year’s resolutions, too. Below are some practical ideas that can add value to your safety program in 2016.
Eliminate Existing Hazards. Anticipate hazards and eliminate or control them before they cause harm. Identify potential fire, chemical, electrical, and other hazards throughout your facility and take action to eliminate these risks. Go through workstations, machinery, personal protection equipment, labeling, and material storage and handling protocols and look for any possible shortfalls.
Take some time to check personal protective equipment (PPE) for wear and tear: Is your fall protection harness too worn? Can you still see clearly through the lenses of your safety glasses? Start the year off right by ensuring your PPE is effective and properly fitted.
Stay Current with OSHA Standards. Do you know about OSHA’s revised injury reporting rule? How about the new Hazcom Standard? By using the new year as an opportunity to stay up-to-date with training, future accidents and fines can be avoided. The official OSHA website has all the information you need on mandatory (and optional) training, as well as new requirements – making it a great place to start.
Employee-to-Employer Communication. Workers may be aware of safety hazards that upper management hasn’t even thought of. Encouraging employees to make suggestions about how to improve workplace safety can greatly improve safety culture.
Invest in Safety. Safety should be viewed as an investment rather than an expense. A good safety culture can reduce accidents and time lost due to injuries, all while improving employee productivity and morale. So what is the ROI of safety? According to one OSHA study, a good safety and health program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested.