As a contractor, you know that the work you do involves various types of risk. Mitigating those risks is the primary means of maintaining a safe and productive workplace. Everyone must do their part to identify and resolve safety issues as soon as they arise. There are many different ways to improve the efficiency of your company and still maintain the highest possible safety standards. It is up to you to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that all safety protocols are followed. Here are five basic safety tips to get you started.
- OSHA-Approved Safety Plan
Having an OSHA-approved safety plan in place offers everyone a road map they can follow. Safety plans put into place specific actions and protocols that everyone can follow if an event arises that increases your employees’ safety risks. A good safety plan is usually developed and implemented by a safety team that has been specially trained in various measures that give them the skills they need to take control of an unsafe situation. OSHA will work with your safety team to ensure that your plan meets your company’s needs.
- Be Aware
Always be aware of your surroundings. Be observant. Look for things that may be out of place. If you see something that may pose a risk, no matter how small, take a few minutes and correct the problem. Watch your employees to make sure they are following safety protocols. If you notice something unsafe, talk to them. New employees are often caught performing certain tasks incorrectly. This may be due to a lack of training or a force of habit. Work with them so they are more aware of the company’s protocols.
- Proper Lifting Techniques
Lifting while on the job is one of the riskiest tasks you can take on. Even small boxes can increase your risk of injury if they are not lifted correctly. It’s essential that you understand proper body mechanics and how you need to move to be able to lift safely and effectively. Make sure that every employee has a weight belt and gloves that will allow them to grasp and lift any item as safely as possible. It’s also beneficial to offer classes on proper lifting techniques.
- Safety Training Classes
Safety training classes not only teach techniques for maintaining a safe work environment; they also can include how to clean up spills, lockout/tag-out procedures, and how to use personal protective equipment. First aid/CPR/AED classes are also important for keeping your employees safe. While it’s important to keep the workplace safe, it’s even more important to know what to do if an employee is injured while performing their duties.
- Be Proactive: Prevent Accidents Before They Happen
One of the best things you can do to keep your workplace safe is to be proactive. Make sure there are enough PPE items for each employee. Offer safety training classes to ensure your employees work safely whenever they are on the job. Being proactive also includes implementing or adjusting safety protocols and practices as needed. Reviewing your safety plan at least once or twice a year will ensure all safety measures are being adhered to.
If you work in any type of construction business, it is up to you to maintain a safe work environment. Talk to your employees and get their input. It’s also essential that you work with a reputable insurance agent. Contact our experts at Artisan Insurance Solutions. We specialize in providing insurance solutions to the construction industry. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.