Taking Workplace Injuries Seriously
Workplace injuries should all be taken seriously. The risk of death alone is enough to warrant the importance of proper health and safety training but even injuries can cause a butterfly effect of harm. An injury could lead to having an inadequate replacement which ultimately is hurting the business through slower production as well as worker's compensation. Therefore safety in the workplace needs to be viewed as a top priority. Training employees in proper safety techniques will create the appropriate culture for a safe working environment that helps retain quality employees and maintain a positive working atmosphere. Workplace hazards can be as simple as an improperly set up work station to the improper handling of hazardous materials. There are many potential perils lurking in the workplace and here are a few types of safety hazards:
1. Fire: Poorly maintained electrical equipment can easily be overlooked and can just as easily cause a fire. There are also dangers from combustible liquids being stored improperly as well as other fire hazards.
2. Electricity: Electricity is everywhere and therefore one of the most prevalent dangers in the workplace. A poorly trained employee can seriously injure themselves working on equipment but even properly trained employees can be at risk. Faulty equipment should immediately be taken away and inspected properly before continuing its use and needs to be identified right away to avoid putting anyone's safety in jeopardy.
3. Slips and Trips: People can be clumsy but having cables running along the floor doesn't help and can easily lead to tripping and injuring yourself in a fall. Wet floors are a danger if not accurately marked which could lead to a nasty slip and fall. There are also dangers when on ladders or other elevated heights that could lead to serious falling injuries. Other potential trip concerns come from uneven floors or a messy workplace.
4. Noise and Vibrations: Exposure to loud noises and vibrations can be a danger to both short-term and long-term hearing. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause damage to hearing while regular contact with vibrating tools can cause long term damage to muscles, circulation, and joints.
These are just a few examples but there are so many more safety hazards to be avoided. This is why health and safety training is not just a benefit but a necessity in every business setting. Properly trained employees will not only be able to avoid hazards but they will also be able to identify potential hazards and help make the workplace safer for everyone. We are all accountable for safety in the workplace and creating a safe environment starts with the proper training.