Workplace Safety Standards Every Company Should Follow
As an employer, maintaining a safe working environment for your employees is not only the right thing to do, but it is also your legal responsibility. Hazardous work conditions can lead to injuries that may mean a loss of revenue for you in the form of absentee workers, workman's comp, or even worse, lawsuits. Here are some things you should know so that you follow proper safety standards in the workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is what helps regulate a safe working environment based on the guidelines they have set in place. By law, you have certain standards of safety that you must abide by. According to Concentra, some of these standards include providing protective gear where applicable, as well as having an environment that is well lit, non-slippery, etc.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) helps prevent fire hazards and deals with things of an electrical nature. According to Creative Safety Supply, the NFPA isn’t legally enforceable, but they are leaders in the fire and electrical safety industry. For example, when dealing with fire safety, it is important that you provide your employees with access to clothing that is flame retardant. Boots that have a rubber sole can help protect against electrical shocks as can tools that contain proper handle materials, such as rubber or plastic, which can coat metal and help prevent an electric current from flowing.
Emergency Medical Equipment
While having certain protections in place can help prevent accidents on the job, unfortunately, they can still occur. It is important that there is some sort of first aid kits and emergency response equipment on-site that can be used to help employees until they can be seen by a medical professional. If an employee gets a laceration, you should have a first aid kit equipped with antiseptic, bandages, et cetera so that the wound may be tended to immediately. While in cases of very deep cuts, an employee may need to see a doctor, having a first aid kit accessible will help sustain the wound temporarily while preventing contamination from the blood.
These are just a few of the ways that you can be sure to provide the safest working environment for your employees. Remember, it is your legal obligation, so this is not something to be taken lightly as the consequences could result in hefty fines and even lawsuits. Injuries can really slow down your business and, even worse, end up closing it, so be mindful, and most of all, be careful.