June is National Safety Month. Observed every year and organized by the National Safety Council, it’s a time that reminds all of the importance of safety on the job site. With approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. during 2017 alone, it’s certainly an important topic for workers all around the globe.
One of the central themes of National Safety Month revolves around hazard recognition. It’s almost impossible to avoid workplace injury if you aren’t aware of the hazards surrounding you, so it’s critical that you take the time to inspect your surroundings. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them to your supervisors as soon as possible.
Slips / Trips / Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are amongst the most common workplace industries today. To avoid these problems, make sure the floor is clear of any debris and completely dried after cleaning. If necessary, use signage to clearly indicate any dangerous or hazardous areas.
Employee fatigue is a huge issue in the workplace. Not only are tired and overworked employees less satisfied with their jobs in general, but they are far more likely to suffer a workplace accident, injury, or illness as a result. To counteract this, make sure to give your employees the appropriate time off – both on a daily and weekly basis. If necessary, schedule short breaks throughout the day to give your workers a chance to take a breather. Although it might not sound like much, small luxuries like this can help revitalize your entire workforce and maximize their productivity throughout the entire workday.
Impairment comes in many forms. In many cases, workers are simply impaired due to a lack of sleep. In extreme cases, an employee might be impaired due to alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal substances. As the manager, part of your job is to recognize such issues and correct them – either through disciplinary action or other means – before somebody gets seriously hurt on the job.