Whether you’re the Business Owner, Health & Safety Supervisor, Facilities Engineer, or a Risk Management Professional, Safety is always first and foremost. Here are five things you should consider, and constantly reevaluate, to keep your Employees and/or Volunteers safe!
1. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: Continuously identify potential hazards in the workplace and assess their associated risks. Just like individuals, your facility is living and constantly changing. Between renovations, repairs, and human errors, hazards will continuously arise. It’s never a bad idea to plan weekly safety walk-throughs to catch risks before the become a problem.
2. Emergency Preparedness and Response: Regularly review and update emergency action plans, evacuation procedures, and response protocols. Conduct drills and simulations at least monthly to ensure all employees are familiar with their roles during emergencies. Complacency causes chaos!
3. Training and Education: Evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety training programs. Ensure employees receive appropriate training on topics such as hazard recognition, proper equipment use, and emergency procedures. Training should be formally conducted on an annual basis while informal training and updates should be addressed weekly to monthly.
4. Safety Equipment and PPE: Regularly inspect and maintain safety equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are in good condition and meet regulatory standards. Items like fire extinguishers, AED’s, first aid equipment, safety eyewear, exit signs, and helmets should be inspected on a monthly basis to ensure they’ll be ready when needed most.
5. Compliance with Regulations: Stay up-to-date with relevant health and safety regulations and standards. Regularly review workplace practices, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance and make any necessary adjustments. All Life Safety and Fire Equipment should be inspected by professionals on a monthly, semi-annual, and/or annual basis in accordance with life safety code.
At IGH, we’re passionate about partnering with organizations to build comprehensive safety programs that protect employees and promote a strong safety culture. Our team has decades of combined experience developing customized solutions that address unique hazards, risks, and regulatory requirements.
Workplace safety directly impacts employee wellbeing, productivity, insurance costs, and legal liability. By investing in workplace safety training, equipment and inspection intervals, you’re investing in your most valuable asset – your people. Let’s connect to discuss a customized proposal for your organization!
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