Workplace injuries happen more than you think, and they can have a significant impact on you and your business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers reported 208 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017. One-third of those workplace injuries resulted in days away from work. While that may seem astonishing, the number of reported work-related injuries have been declining. This means workplaces are becoming safer, this
could be because of better workplace safety programs.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to have clear workplace safety guidelines. Above it being a good idea, it is a necessity and it will create a safe work environment for your employees.
While addressing occupational safety issues may seem costly, in the long run safe workplaces can save the employer money by lowering workers’ compensation premiums and claim costs. But before you can eliminate risks in the workplace you must identify them first:
Go Out And Look!
Schedule and document periodic safety inspections. Depending on the exposures and types of hazards, conduct the inspections daily, weekly, or on a quarterly basis.
- Daily: High hazard or frequently changing
operations or equipment (forklifts, power press
- Weekly: High hazard areas (flammable storage
areas, construction sites, and hazardous
- Monthly: Most manufacturing, retail, and
- Quarterly: Offices, grounds, and parking lots