From training to encouraging safe practices, there are many ways employers can increase safety.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 fatal work injuries in 2021, up 8.9 percent from 2020, and 2,607,900 recorded cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the private sector. Workplace safety issues and accidents can occur in any organization, which leads to fatalities, loss of goodwill, lawsuits and hefty fines.
However, workplace safety should be a priority for every type of business. It’s the employer’s responsibility to provide a secure environment for all the team members under OSHA regulations. Implementing a safety program in your facility prevents injuries, improves productivity, reduces costs associated with workplace accidents and boosts employee morale.
In this article, we’ll look at some techniques you can use to improve efficiency and workplace safety.
Provide Ample Training for Your Employees
Comprehensive training is necessary to create a safety culture. Once you hire new employees, you must provide a training program to ensure everyone understands the organization’s safety procedures. Accidents in the workplace commonly happen when employees fail to stick to the set safety protocols.
According to statistics, preventable injury-related deaths increased by 9 percent in 2021; however, you could prevent some of these injuries with proper training. If the management and staff know the consequences of an unsafe workplace, they’ll be more cautious.
For instance, forklifts can cause damage to operators and warehouse property if operated incorrectly. Therefore, you should ensure that all forklift operators are competent and have certified training. Additionally, you should perform regular refresher training and evaluation for all your operators to avoid accidents. Regular scheduling of training programs will help you prevent injuries in your facility.