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6 of the Best Tips to Reduce Workplace Injuries

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You cannot predict the occurrence of an accident. It can occur anywhere anytime without prior notice. But that doesn’t mean you should keep quiet and do nothing. You should always be prepared to face the worst possible scenarios which, in a way can help you keep them at bay in the best possible way.

Today, most workplace injuries occur as a result of poor safety policies. So the first thing that you should do is to frame an organized employee safety and health HR policy to reduce workplace injuries in the best possible way. Here are a few workplace injury-prevention tips that can come in handy for that exact purpose of yours.

1. NO shortcuts

It’s more than natural for an organization to finish a project on time. Some even go further to get it finished ahead of the deadline. Now that mentality is a definite good thing indeed ONLY if everything’s done in the right order for the completion of the same.

It has been often seen that employees take up that “get it done by ANY means” mentality to finish certain assignments well before time. As a result, they do often resort to shortcuts and ignore all orderly instructions to do the job their way. Things like that often lead to accidents.

You need to see that such things don’t happen in your organization at the very least. Clarify the same with your employees and make them aware of the fact that intentional avoidance of instructions might result in a prosecution. Things like that can go a long way indeed.

2. Proper training

Basic emergency training needs to be provided to employees to up the level of safety in your workplaces for the betterment of both your employees and your organization.

Remember safety trainings like fire safety don’t come for free. But you definitely get your money’s worth especially when you look at the benefits in the long run. These are not just costs or expenses. These are investments; one that do have a high ROI.

3. Ensure the maintenance of safety during transit

Most workplace-related accidents usually occur during the transit, especially when a vehicle is involved.

Therefore, you need to take appropriate steps to ensure that your transit vehicles remain in top condition with regular servicing and maintenance.

You can implement safe driving policies, programs and strategies as a part of your employee safety policy to maximize your workplace safety. Act today to save yourself a lot of hassle for tomorrow.

4. Locate vulnerable spots

Do you have any accident prone zone in your business area? Who knows? Maybe you do. You just don’t have any idea of it.

The advice is to find out whether you have got any vulnerable accident spot in your workplace or not. Once you locate one, take immediate steps to let your employees know of the same. Put a “danger” signboard on the spot itself to make people aware of the danger involved with the spot.

A small step like that can really make a difference.

5. Take apt safety measures for extreme weather conditions

Both outdoor and indoor work conditions may heavily affect your employee health if it goes to a certain extreme level. So proper safety clothing and precautions must be taken to alleviate the issue to a more bearable level.

Here are a few suggestions:

Working in the cold: Layered dressing should be made mandatory. Proper covering must be there on head, hands, feet and face because these are the areas that are more prone to frostbite. Turn all these things into a rule and implement the same in your workplace if your workplace falls under this category.

Working in the heat: If your employees are exposed to extreme heat on the job, ensure that there’s adequate air flow via ventilation. Wearing loose fitting clothes accompanied by frequent water breaks can work well in such extreme circumstances.

6. Last but not the least, keep all emergency numbers handy

Keep emergency numbers in easily accessible places such that they can be viewed at a glance. A small step like that can save you a lot of hassle at times of a disaster.

Always remember that proper preparation is the key to keeping workplace injuries at bay and turn your workplace into something that’s safer and saner in comparison to the rest. So are you up for it? You better be.

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Katie Smith

Katie Smith is a fire expert and her areas of interests and expertise include forensic science and accident or crime scene investigation related matters. She is associated with Auto Fire & Safety Consultant and often conducts fire investigation in Houston. Blogging is her hobby and she is also a consultant blogger, having well-accepted write-ups on a wide range of topics, such as general safety, security and safety equipment.
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