Build a safer workplace in 9 easy steps

Whatever business you’re in, making your workplace safer can save your company money, build employee morale and create a positive culture that increases your chances of success. Follow these easy steps to keep your workplace—and your employees—safe.

  1. Review the OSHA standards for your industry. All businesses must follow these general standards, but certain industries have additional regulations. If you aren’t currently meeting your requirements, make implementation a priority.
  2. Create a written safety manual for your company that incorporates OSHA standards. Include procedures for any potentially dangerous situations specific to your workplace. Remember to add a disaster management plan for events like fires or natural disasters. Be sure to give each employee a copy of the safety manual and require a signature to show they received it.
  3. Develop a safety training program. A safety training program should cover basics like ergonomics, correct use of equipment, evacuation plans, basic first aid and how to correctly report a workplace injury. Check our website for our free SafetySmart program to customize a safety program that fits your needs. Or, if you can’t host your own safety classes, send employees to a formal training course.
  4. Create a safe environment. Stock first-aid kits and keep them in convenient areas. Check for clearly marked, easy-to-reach exits. Inspect safety equipment, such as ventilation systems and automatic shutoffs, on a regular basis so you know they work correctly.
  5. Schedule a safety inspection with your workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Involving your employees in the inspection process will demonstrate that you care and want to ensure their safety.
  6. Wander through your halls several times each month to ensure that employees are following safety procedures, and be sure to talk about why they’re important. Address any unsafe practices immediately. If necessary, provide your employees with additional safety training.
  7. Make safety rules mandatory. Identify potentially dangerous situations and work with employees to avoid them.
  8. Create a regular schedule of breaks for employees and make sure they are taken. Employees need breaks to stay alert and follow safety guidelines.
  9. Start a corporate wellness program to encourage healthful living among your employees. Healthier employees tend to have a reduced chance of injury.

Top 10 Most Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

  1. Fatigue
  2. Stress
  3. Slips
  4. Trips
  5. Toppling objects
  1. Hazardous materials
  2. Repetitive motion
  3. Lifting
  4. Workplace violence
  5. Collisions