Preventing workplace accidents is often a top concern for management. Accidents that occur on the job cost the organization, in terms of added expenses, lost productivity, potential employee loss, and damage to the organization’s reputation. Unfortunately, too many organizations emphasize accident prevention to employees without addressing the root cause(s). Too often employees are not equipped with the tools, proper training, and workplace environments they need to ensure accidents are mitigated. Furthermore, organizations need to ensure that the workplace environment does not have any hazards. Tech Geek 365 is a site providing information on how to avoid and correct these hazards.
The first step in correcting hazards in the workplace is to perform a hazards assessment. Some organizations have the staff, knowledge and resources to complete the assessment internally. Others do not have the same level of expertise and need to hire an outside vendor. Regardless of who conducts the assessment, it pinpoints equipment and situations which could lead to an accident. An hazard assessment pinpoints both the obvious and non-obvious. Take for example, an aging vehicle fleet. On the surface it may not seem like a potential safety hazard as the long as the vehicles are running and can be maintained. But older equipment that is difficult to replace and repair could lead to an accident if the brakes cannot be fixed or the heat and air conditioner no longer work in extreme temperatures.
Employee training on accident prevention should also be about more than just putting up signs, sending out e-mails or voice mails. Management should spend time with employees observing how the work is getting done, while taking note of procedures and equipment that are posing risks. When these risks are identified, swift action should be taken to correct them even if the inital cost seems overwhelming. The long-term costs of medical expenses, government fines, loss of business, and loss of reputation is surely higher. Employees also need to attend structured training addressing proper use of equipment and proper work procedures.
Addressing hazards in the workplace is an ongoing process that requires feedback from all employees, as well as the public. Organizations should conduct periodic risk assessments and solicit regular feedback. With the proper planning and training, organizations can help reduce the potential for accidents.