Don’t overlook safety basics!

Feb 22, 2024
Written by WR Communications

While there are everyday tasks to ensure excellent customer service, it’s important to focus on the basics of safety to protect workers. It may be hard to remember everything but a refresher on some of the basics of workplace safety is helpful every now and then.

Identifying Hazards and Shortcomings: 

  • Incident investigations provide employers and workers with an opportunity to identify hazards within their operations. Whether it’s a fatality, injury, illness, or a close call (often termed “near misses”), investigating these incidents helps focus on areas where safety measures fall short.
  • By walking back the incident and examining the root cause of an incident, teams can figure out what is lacking in equipment, procedures, training, and overall safety and health programs.

Preventing Injuries and Illnesses: 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) acts as a barrier between workers and potential harm. It prevents injuries such as cuts, burns, eye damage, respiratory issues, and more.
  • Properly fitting PPE significantly reduces the risk of accidents and long-term health problems. Use this PPE Job Hazard Analysis to determine the PPE needed for the task.

Raising Awareness and Reminding Employees: 

  • Safety bulletin boards serve as visible reminders for employees about workplace safety practices. They should be placed in prominent locations to reinforce safety messages.
  • These boards can highlight essential safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and preventive measures. Regular exposure to this information helps employees internalize safety practices.

Although these are the basics it’s always important to keep them current as the foundation of a basic safety program. Besides, these basics could avert citations when safety inspectors come for a visit

Need help with improving your safety program? Check out our free Safety Ambassador Program, where we can help your safety programs to go from compliance toward quality safety practices. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.



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