According to the International Labour Organization,
- Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.
- Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident.
- Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year.
- 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work.
- The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.
Maintaining good health and safety conditions at work may seem like the responsibility of the employer, but it is our collective responsibility to take serious measures to avoid common injuries; so here are a few tips to consider at your next safety meeting.
- Share health and safety policy to staff. Employees need an awareness on safety rules and regulations. These can be accessed through an induction training or simply posted where everyone can see them.
- Risk Assessment. What are the chances of getting injured at your place of work? Assessing these risks will help you to know what preventive measures you need to take in order to avoid injury.
- Know your work environment. All humans who report to a place of work need to be aware of potential hazards if they’re exposed to any, as well as entry and exit channels, emergency exit doors, etc. Further on, read manuals related to tools and machinery that you use at work.
- Own the fault. When you see a fault, take responsibility. Don’t wait for cleaners to mop up a spill as someone may fall before they get there. Pick up wires that may result in trips and promptly report any electrical circuit breach.
- Adhere to safety rules.
- Keep your hands on the railings when you use the stairs to prevent a fall- Better to use hand sanitizers when you get off a flight of stairs than stumble over.
- Use a spill-proof mug at your desk and while walking to a meeting.
- Maintain a good posture to avoid muscle and joint injury.
- Keep away from the line of fire.
- Feedback and discussions. Encourage employees to share ideas on how safety can be improved at work. Let them discuss consequences of their actions when they rush, are distracted or are complacent about safety.
Long term discussions will result in a sensitization and workplace safety will become a shared responsibility.
How are you controlling safety risks at your workplace? Let us know in the comments section below.