Accidents in the workplace are often preventable with a little training and common sense, but workers sometimes fail to apply either or both when performing normal, day-to-day tasks. The ease of a position may make the employee lax, which is when behavior based safety becomes an issue. It's not that workers are being reckless, but simply that they aren't paying close attention to what they are doing because it's a familiar task.
In order to redouble accident prevention efforts and help employees be more aware of the risks in the workplace, there are a few policies and tips that employers can put into practice immediately. These include:
- Hold regular safety meetings – Even if there hasn't been an incident recently, having a regularly scheduled safety meeting can enhance worker awareness of the situations that could put them at risk. Meetings should cover past accidents, safety tips and any updates to codes or regulations.
- Increase visibility – Many accidents occur in the workplace because one employee simply couldn't see the other involved. Enhance visibility, especially in high-risk industries like construction, by giving workers a more brightly colored uniform, safety vests and/or reflective strips to decrease the chances of an accident occurring.
- Hold training on the basics – While specific safety courses are important, it can also be valuable to have broader health and safety training in place. Proper hydration for outdoor job sites, as well as information on general health, can help keep workers in top condition.
Bringing on safety consultants can help implement new training plans and ensure your business meets OSHA compliance, minimizing the risks your employees face in their average work day.