Saturday, February 16, 2013

Things You Need To Know About Occupational Safety

Truly, there are so many employees who are injured and die each year from occupational accidents. On the other hand, if these occupational hazards are identified early, the management can do something by creating a committee responsible for implementing safety management plans in the workplace. Here is a list of the most occupational safety measures that can be applied in the work area to keep both employers and employees safe at all times.

Educate Workers About Workplace Accidents And Occupational Safety
It is easier for employees to be cautious at work when they know what to be careful of.  Managers should teach workers about how to recognize common occupational hazards and how they can report them so that further injuries can be prevented and solution will be provided. Employers can also place OSHA posters in prominent areas at work. These posters are very useful in providing fact sheet information like avoiding common accidents at work. By making these posters visible, you are following the law and ensuring its timely reinforcement. It also means that you care for your working because you are providing them the information they ought to know.

Place Safety Equipment At Work
Safety equipment and first aid kits are life savers. A good rule is to have one first aid kit for 30 employees. This kit should be well-maintained and updated regularly. Safety equipment gears on the other hand, vary from one work place from another. Mines use different safety equipment from other work areas like a conventional office.  The safety equipment at work always depends on the nature of your job. There are some areas called hard hat area thus requiring safety helmet while working. It is important to follow company safety rules for employees’ protection.

Hire Health And Safety Experts
Employers should consider hiring health and safety specialists and occupational nurses to ensure that every workers are safe. They can easily assess the work environment and review protocols used at work. Moreover, these specialists can help employers identify the safety issues and implement procedures to prevent accidents at work. Company should hire them for their employees’ welfare.

During her Workers Memorial Day speech on April 26, 2012, Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor said that "Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day's pay for a hard day's work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece."  It is a fact that workers are injured and die each day at places of work. Each year, there are lots of cases being filed due to work accidents. Employers should do something in order to reduce the number of work-related accidents and promote safety of their employees.

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