Some work-sites are much more dangerous than others, but as the boss, it’s your job to take all necessary precautions to make yours a safe and healthy space for your team. You’re tasked with plenty of responsibilities, but none even come close to the importance of protecting your workers from avoidable injuries and sicknesses.
If your work-site doesn’t adhere to these five safety must-haves, stop everything and make compliance your top priority.
Proper Tools and Equipment
It’s hard to do a job right without the correct tools and equipment, but even more importantly, using equipment not intended for the job is a massive safety hazard. Keep your workers safe by providing them with proper tools and equipment for every single project — no exceptions. OSHA also requires employers to train employees to correctly use these devices and to ensure they’re properly maintained at all times.
Clearly Marked Warning Signs
There’s no such thing as being too cautious on a work-site with multiple safety hazards, as even the most well-trained employees can benefit from constant reminders. OSHA recommends using color codes, posters, labels and signs to warn workers of potential hazards, so place these in the break room, near workstations and even on equipment — if possible — because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Written Hazard Communication Program
If your worksite contains hazardous chemicals, OSHA requires you to develop and execute a written hazard communication program. Of course, employees must also receive proper training, but this hard copy plan is something they can refer to when necessary. Give each person a copy of the hazard communication program and keep extra copies on hand at all times.
If an emergency happens, you need to take action immediately, so it’s important to have an easily accessible, fully stocked first-aid kit onsite. From minor health issues to those of a severe nature, your kit must contain supplies to treat all types of injuries that could occur at your work-site. OSHA recommends appointing one designated person to stock and maintain the kit. Additionally, the OSHA First Aid standard requires all workplaces to have trained first-aid providers on staff if a hospital, infirmary or clinic is not nearby to take injured employees.
Emergency Action Plan
OSHA requires all employers to have an emergency action plan. Companies with more than 10 employees must put the plan in writing, while smaller businesses are permitted to share it orally. The plan must cover a number of key topics, including the process for reporting a fire or other emergency, procedures for an emergency evacuation and the name and job title of every employee able to assist workers who need more information about the emergency evacuation plan.
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