Workplaces are fraught with danger. Whether on a construction site or in an office, accidents and injuries are a daily occurrence. Fortunately, most will be small and easily addressed; it is unlikely anybody is going to die from a paper-cut. But that does not mean they should be treated as any less severe. Accidents not only change lives, they can cost your company substantial sums in time and compensation. Proper safety procedures are never going to prevent all accidents, but they will help limit the risk factors reducing occurrences and potential damage.
Keeping a Tidy Workplace
The cleaner a working area the safer it will be. Whether it is tools left out, spills not cleaned up, or piles of paperwork building up; curbing clutter reduces the number of ways things can go wrong.
Good practices start from the top down; management set the example for the rest of the workforce. Assessing problem areas and working on dedicated solutions to aid removing the clutter can significantly reduce the risk of things going wrong. Think about factors both large and small; for example, installing more recycling points or creating bespoke storage solutions.
Equipment Inspection, Maintenance, and Selection
Routine maintenance and inspection of industrial machinery may seem like an obvious step in preventing dangerous accidents. But it’s also important to keep up with the inspections and maintenance of lesser risk equipment. Checking storage areas for safe stacking can save lives as easily as maintaining high-powered drilling equipment. It’s also important to regularly review the tools and equipment used to make sure they are still the safest choice for the job.
Create a Safety Plan
All workplaces should have a comprehensive safety plan in place that every worker, contractor, and visitor have access to. There are some clear risk factors that should be outlined e.g. the use of personal protective equipment, but a good safety plan should go further than that. Each workplace is unique and will have unique risk factors and challenges in maintaining worker safety.
Make sure to routinely assess your working environments for new and evolving hazards and update the plan. Your plan should also include the procedures in place in the event of an incident. Finally, it’s crucial to make sure copies of the plan are readily accessible to all employees and visitors, and that they have appropriate time allocated to review it.
Training and Qualifications
Proper training and access to formal safety qualifications is an essential step in preventing accidents. Training should be provided at regular intervals and systems put in place to help employees self-evaluate when they may need a refresher. When dealing with contractors and other professionals that may be outside your direct control, you can utilise contractor safety management systems – as offered by BNG Conserve – to aid in keeping track of the documentation.
Regardless of how many precautions you take accidents may still occur. Maintaining detailed records of the incidents and causes can help you to assess the associated risk factors and work towards mitigating them in the future. A dedicated safety officer should be appointed to maintain a log of every incident, big or small, and work with employees and management to remove or reduce the factors leading up to them.
Safeguarding your workplace from the risk of injury and incident can be an endless task. Ensuring your employees and contractors maintain qualifications in the latest safety standards not only keeps you WHS compliant but will help to reduce the risk of accidents. BNG Conserve offers a comprehensive contractor safety management system, enabling you to track and verify contractor qualifications and safety standards compliance helping to ensure everybody in your workplace is as safe as they can be.
Contact the team at Conserve today to learn more about how we can help your employees stay safe at work.
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