Safety tip of the week

May 2, 2019
Written by wpengine

Unclutter Your Work Environment

We often think of spring cleaning as getting our homes in order. As an employer, have you stopped to think about your workplace as well?

Good housekeeping, according to OSHA, protects employees from injuries, keeps the workplace clean and most importantly, results in improved safety. Workplace housekeeping can be as simple as eliminating fire hazards or removing hazardous chemicals.

In 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,414 preventable workplace deaths in the U.S. Another 4.5 million injuries were reported, costing employers $161.5 billion. While these statistics are alarming, you can become part of the solution and eliminate hazards.

It is important to keep aisles, exits and stairways free from clutter. An untidy work environment can lead to injuries and ergonomic issues. Clutter leaves less space to move around, impacting employee productivity.

Store items properly and in designated locations. This will help prevent an overflow in hallways, stairwells and other areas. Also, make sure electrical cords are secured and out of walkways to prevent tripping hazards.

RS SafetyTV has some videos on this topic; Don’t Walk on By and Safety is Not A Priority.

WR employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or [email protected]