Accidents happen. It is a painful truth because the effect is costly. It can damage properties and, worse, cause the loss of lives. When an accident does happen, it is most likely that somewhere along the way, there were some safety measures overlooked either consciously or unconsciously by concerned individuals.
Sad to note that human error is a major cause of safety issues as well as lack of information on safety and accident prevention in the workplace. This is how OSHA posters come in handy. Empowering the work force with the information they need is vital in keeping everyone safe at work while meeting productivity goals.
What is the OSHA?
The Occupational and Safety Health Organizations or famously known OSHA was formed mainly because of this purpose: to assure safety and healthy working conditions of each individual worker. As the worker comes to the job healthy and able, it also makes sense that he must go home in the same status of health. Healthy and protected workers are the backbone of a strong industry.
Without a safe working environment, productivity is just an illusion. This must always be kept in mind by any organization who aims to meet productivity goals a hundred percent.
OSHA, in adherence to the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, is very determined about ensuring a dynamic industry. And how is this possible? As previously stated, it is only through a safe and healthy working environment.
The OSHA Act of 1970 requires each company or organization to make sure that each worker undergo safety training and know by heart its safety program. However, no matter how trained these workers are, there is still a possibility that negligence might arise. Reminders are therefore necessary.
How Can OSHA Posters Help?
One means of preventing negligence is through OSHA posters. These posters must be created in such a way that it is attention catching, printed in loud colours with bold prints and placed where people can see them. To some, OSHA posters can look and sound simple, but no one can underestimate its preventive appeal to workers whose lives may be saved if they adhere to these posters.
Can you be blind to OSHA posters? Can you risk your life? Below are typical samples of posters:
• CAUTION: This machine must be locked out before doing maintenance.
• DANGER: Hard hat area.
• Electrical Safety: If it doesn’t look safe, it probably isn’t.
• Watch out! Wet floor.
• Touch not! Hot surface.
• Use your muscles, not your back.
• Caution: Watch your step.
OSHA posters cater to all the different aspects of a worker’s well-being. These can be reminders on how to do things properly or how to handle the equipment effectively and safely. It can be a reminder on proper posture.
But of course, when workers ignore the OSHA posters, it is totally a different story. OSHA posters are meant to warn and if warning is ignored, that is already a deliberate act of allowing accidents to happen. Nevertheless, it is still better to be safe than sorry.