As an industrial employer, you probably already know the importance of workplace safety, but it’s all too easy to let things slide, especially during the busy season. You might feel uncomfortable with noting safety violations to a new hire for fear of making that person upset or insecure. Or you might forget to check the small details, such as footwear and eye protection. But it’s your responsibility to notice everything. Here is a checklist to make sure you’re covering all aspects of light industrial workplace safety.
Keep Your Light Industrial Employees Safe With These Tips
“If you see something, say something.” You probably know this phrase from hearing it over and over again in airports. There are good reasons for this. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and your employees must know that they should report anything that seems unsafe. But it’s equally important that they know how to make that report. Open the lines of communication, and make sure that every employee understands how to report a safety hazard.
Employees should not use tools or machines that they have not been adequately trained to use. They should also be taught how to clean the equipment and perform basic maintenance. Teach them to inspect all equipment before using it and to immediately turn it off and report it if an issue arises.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
All worksites are different. Choose your employees’ safety gear based on the hazards they are likely to face. Examples might include slip-resistant and steel-toed shoes, goggles, gloves, or even hearing protection. Get in the habit of regularly checking compliance. Also, take the time to explain to your workers why and when each piece of gear is needed and how to use it properly. Make sure you’re setting a good example by using PPE yourself whenever you’re on the floor.
From slip and fall hazards posed by leaks or spills to clutter that blocks emergency exits, many worksites are filled with potential hazards. Take the time to check for loose boards, exposed cords, and leaking fluids, and then clear away any clutter. Provide easy access to drip pans, mops, and other equipment to clean up potential hazards, and train your employees to keep the worksite clean and free of obstacles. If hazardous materials are in use, show your workers how to avoid cross-contamination.
Be aware of combustible materials, which can include a buildup of dust. Vacuum away dust regularly, and teach your team members how to store flammable materials and chemicals safely. Keep combustible waste in metal bins and get rid of it every day.
Other hazards could also arise in a warehouse, from falling objects to lifting injuries. No matter the potential safety issues, take the time to train your employees, keep open lines of communication, and perform regular safety inspections.
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