Workplace safety tips employers and employees should know

Workplace safety tips employers and employees should know

Workplace safety is a basic requirement for a productive and successful workplace. Whether it is an industrial workplace or purely office environment, the well-being of workers should be among the top priorities. This is because workplace injury or death affects families, communities and hits at the heart of business profitability. Here are some tips which can assist businesses to improve occupational health and safety?

  • Equipping every employee with sound first aid knowledge should be one of the steps. This can be achieved by getting every employee through a basic first aid course with refresher courses held annually so as to keep the information fresh.
  • Every new employee should be given an orientation of the workplace, with health and safety equipment and occupational health procedures outlined.  This should be repeated annually with each employee. The employer should also ensure that the building has fire extinguishers and exit plans in place in case of emergency. Fire drills and exit strategies in case of emergencies must also be regularly practiced by employees.
  • Some work environments are more hazardous than others. In a work environment where employees deal with tools and heavy machinery, purchasing all required protective gear such as hard hats, steel-toed boots, gloves, goggles and masks is a must.
  • The employer has to ensure that the building undergoes structural integrity inspections annually if the building is older than 2 years and every 6 months if it is less than 2 years old.
  • If there is a lift in the building, the employer will have to ensure that it is maintained and inspected as required in the lift, escalator and passenger conveyor regulations.
  • The employer must ensure that the electrical installation meets the legislative requirement and that they are in possession of a certificate of compliance as required in electrical installation regulations.
  • If there is an electric fence on the premises the employer must be in possession of an electric fence certificate of compliance as required by law.
  • The employer has a duty to ensure that the ventilation and illuminance is at the prescribed level as required in environmental regulations for workplaces.
  • It is important that employees have access to water and other relevant hygienic products which eliminate possible risks to their well-being. Water is also key in case of fire outbreaks and for extinguishing purposes.
  • Employees must not rely on management to keep the workplace safe, if you see something that you feel could cause injury to another, make sure it is reported promptly.

The tips listed above if well implemented will go a long way in achieving a safe and healthy work environment.

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