Safety is No Accident
Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!
As we come to the end of National Safety Month, I have made a list of some basic workplace safety tips you should not only be aware of, but should definitely be speaking to your employees about. The National Safety Council offers free material you can share with your office. This year’s focus is on combating fatigue, falls, how to respond to an active gunman, and implementing proper ergonomics. Physical and emotional safety should always be your first priority in the workplace.
Read on for 4 recommendations on how to improve safety in your workplace:
It’s estimated that 37% of the workforce is sleep deprived. The number one strategy to beat fatigue is to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. The National Safety Council has plenty of pointers on how to get a better night’s rest such as creating and following a sleep schedule, eliminating unnecessary light, avoiding using electronic devices before bed, and keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature.
Prevent falls by ensuring all walkways, aisles, and stairways are clutter and spill-free. Applying non-skid floor coatings and slip-resistant mats where falls are more likely to happen will significantly help. Remind yourself and your staff to slow down, take one step at a time and take smaller steps when navigating precarious walkways. Should you need to use a stepstool or stepladder, be sure it is sturdy and placed in a stable place. Be sure not to over reach or put yourself in a position where you could potentially lose your balance.
3: Active Shooter Response
As always, being prepared for the worst is your best defense. Active shooters are erratic with no distinguishable patterns. The best thing to do is to brief staff on identifying the nearest exits, to flee the scene, and to hide out of sight. Direct staff to silence any electronic devices, and call 911. Stay hidden and as silent as possible until emergency services arrive.
Ergonomics is used to evaluate how you perform tasks, how to identify any risk factors that might lead to injury, and implement the best solution to eliminate or manage these risks. For example, sitting in an office chair with improper support for 6 hours a day can have severe effects on your body. There are endless tips on how to work ergonomically correct such as keeping your body centered in front of your monitor and keyboard and adjusting your chair so that your feet rest on the floor and your knees are level with your hips. Investing in proper ergonomic education and evaluations, as well as office furniture and supplies such as chairs keyboards and headsets. Help to avoid injury in the work place by sharing these quick and easy ergonomic tips with your employees.
Following these recommendations and staying up to date with the National Safety Council will help protect your staff from unnecessary injury. Plan ahead and being prepared! A safe workplace fosters a comfortable, consistent, and productive environment!
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