How to Reduce Accidents in the Workplace – Safety First

///How to Reduce Accidents in the Workplace – Safety First

How to Reduce Accidents in the Workplace – Safety First


Put formal safety policies and procedures in place.Create a company handbook that lists out the steps that must take place in order to prevent accidents in the work place. Include instructions such as how to store dangerous and toxic items and where certain product should be stowed to ensure safe storage and retrieval

Put someone in charge of safety in your company.Discuss the current safety policies with this safety coordinator, and work on a plan to make sure that they are adhered to. Confirm that the person is aware of all the responsibilities associated with safety. Express your support to this person and arrange to meet on a regular basis to discuss concerns about and solutions to further accident prevention.

Communicate your expectations for a safe work environment.Let your staff know on a regular basis that safety is a major concern in your business. You can do this verbally and you can reiterate your expectations in memos. You can also post safety information throughout your facility

Words are one thing, but act accordingly, too. If someone encounters a possible safety hazard, move quickly to correct it. Don’t wait for it to correct itself or assume that someone else is going to do it.

Ask your employees whether they have any suggestions about improving workplace safety. One safety coordinator is certainly helpful, but a handful of ears and eyes is almost always preferable to just one. Create an anonymous input form that employees can fill out at their discretion.

Inspect your facility regularly with your safety coordinator. Make certain that your staff is following safety policies at work. Check areas that are of concern and ensure that precautions have been met. If you see an area that is cause for concern, discuss it with the person responsible, and then arrange a meeting with all the staff to further communicate the concern and ensure that it does not happen again.

Have the right tools available so that you or your employees don’t have to improvise.Asking your employees to improvise pretty much says that you don’t take safety seriously.

For example, if you have a storage area that includes high shelving, ensure that you have a safe ladder or step-stool available so that you or your staff members are not forced to climb on boxes of furniture to retrieve items.

Schedule regular training for all scenarios that pose a risk for accidents. Training should involve methods in picking up and carrying heavy objects and how to use mechanical equipment and tools.

  • The type of training will depend on the type of business you are running. Some businesses such as restaurants and warehouse facilities will have more training than others.
  • Trainings should be scheduled for all new employees and for all employees annually. Employees may think of it as a hassle, but they should be reassured knowing that the company takes their health and safety seriously.

SA Waterproofing follow monthly health and safety training policies and ensure all members staff are educated in all areas.

We work closely with SpecSafety, who provides a professional consultancy service based on extensive working knowledge of the OHS legislation and regulatory environment.

SA Waterproofing therefore ensure there clients that there is a peace of mind in knowing that their workplaces are fully compliant with the latest OHS related legislation and/or in line with the international ISO 45001 requirements.



By | 2018-10-10T12:24:32+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Health and Safety, SA Waterproofing|0 Comments

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