Mining? Manufacturing? Making energy? Whatever it is your industrial business does, we’ve got tips to help you do it safely:
- Conduct regular workplace inspections. On a casual stroll from one side of your workplace to another, you probably won’t notice many safety risks — because you won’t be actively looking for them. By making a point to do a regular workplace inspection, you’ll search for things that could pose danger. And you may spot things you’ve never seen before.
- Encourage employees to report any unsafe working conditions. In case there’s something you don’t see, make sure your employees know they should come forward.
- Mandate training for new hires. When hiring people to do dangerous jobs, like operating a forklift or working with heavy machinery, it’s important to make sure they’re trained in-house, in accordance with federal and state requirements.
- Offer ongoing safety training. When an employee is up-to-date on how to do their job the safest way possible, they’re more likely to work that way.
- Allow only authorized personnel to use machinery. If an employee hasn’t been officially trained to use a certain machine, they shouldn’t be using it until they have.
- Provide personal protective equipment to all employees who need it. Think safety glasses, hard hats, steel-toed boots, aprons, gloves and more. And encourage all employees to wear them wherever necessary.
- Hang mirrors and warning signs to combat blind spots. If your employees are operating heavy machinery in the workplace, help them see at all angles, and help other employees stay alert.
- Prevent slips, trips and falls. Ask employees to report or clean any spills or leaks. And if there’s any spot with worn, ripped or damaged flooring, replace it for your employees’ safety.
- Store flammable liquids away from the work area. If your employees work with any combustible materials, keep nearby only the amount they need for the job. The rest should stay in an assigned storage area, in approved containers.
- Store all other materials in their proper places. At the end of the work day, make sure all employees know to clean up their space. All materials and machinery should have a designated spot to return to.
- Keep aisles and exits clear of clutter. In case of emergency, all routes should be clear—especially stairways and fire doors.
- Promote a substance-free workspace. Employees who use drugs or alcohol while on the clock can do serious damage—injuring either themselves or others.
- Create a safety incentive program. Where there’s a reward, there’s motivation to earn that reward. Thus, one of the simplest ways to support a safe workspace is to reward employees for maintaining one.
- Ensure injuries are reported as soon as possible. Within 24 hours, any workplace injury or illness should be reported and investigated—no matter how small it seems.
- Have an emergency action plan. Do you have an evacuation route? Do all of your employees know where to exit, and then where to meet? At the time of hire, ensure all employees know these important details.
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