As is inferred by their name, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are always look to improve the safety of workers throughout the United States and to reduce hazards in the workplace. OSHA has a list of 7 things every business should be doing to increase the overall safety of their worksites.
- Management Leadership - Managers and supervisors should constantly be a good example of safe business practices.
- Worker Participation - Employees should be actively involved in bringing hazards or unsafe practices to the attention of their managers.
- Hazard Identification - Appropriate labels and safety signs should be placed where they are visible and easily seen.
- Hazard Prevention & Control - Certain equipment or materials require specific training and handling. Employees should be competent in their work areas and know the best safety practices in their environment.
- Educating and Training - Frequent trainings should inform all workers of the common hazards specific to their workplace. Everyone should be able to identify a dangerous object or situation.
- Program Evaluation & Improvement - During training sessions or after a workplace injury/illness, those responsible should evaluate current safety practices and adjust them to avoid future accidents.
- Communication - The best health & safety programs are the ones that encourage open communication between all workers within the company. Employees should not fear retaliation when bringing forward unsafe practices.
By following OSHA's seven core elements to maintaining a workplace it will help your business:
- Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
- Improve compliance with laws and regulations
- Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers' compensation premiums
- Engage workers
- Enhance workers' social responsibility goals
- Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations