“Workplace Safety” are procedures and policies that ensure the safety and health of employees within a workplace. It involves hazard identification, stress and fatigue management, and control according to government standards with ongoing safety and education for employees.
What is the leading cause of hazards in the workplace?
Employees’ activity dictates production. If a worker is under pressure, he/she will then start taking shortcuts to increase productivity. It is then when workers feel compelled to work quickly (and sometimes recklessly). And not just with the employees, mind you. Lack of maintenance and daily checks of trucks, and failing to segregate vehicles creates not just a problem to the productivity of the business but to the public as well. Trucks and other equipment should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in proper working order.
Let’s take a Forklift Operator, for example; If placed under a lot of pressure, the driver may start hauling loads that are too large which could result in the driver being distracted. The result may be hitting something and/or damaging the product or worse, even injuring a co-worker.
Another common hazard is the over-stacking of loads in warehouses which can limit a sprinkler system’s efficiency and effectiveness in an emergency.
There are also sanitation issues. Workers shouldn’t wait for housekeeping crews to take care of these. Instead, they should be trained to clean as they go to avoid any accidents in the future as filth, clutter, leaks, or just wet space can contribute to slips, trips, and falls. A single mishap often creates a domino effect. Remembering Murphy’s Law is a key factor in being proactive — If the clutter or spill requires specialised training to clean up, then employees need to alert their supervisor, who can send in the appropriate staff to do the job. Employers should set aside a few minutes at the end of each shift to clean up or to remind staff of their responsibilities with regards to safety before leaving for the day.
Employers, most of the time, fail to identify the root cause of these occurrences — a common action is to blame the individual and undertake some of disciplinary action — which then results in not having enough staff to manage the current workload and hinders productivity. But worry not as our Workplace Training is guaranteed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge to handle and overcome most hazardous situations. Keeping you safe, giving you peace of mind and helping you focus on your business.