So, Doesn't It Make Sense That... - 12/30/2019

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Monday, December 30, 2019


So, Doesn't It Make Sense That...

As we bring another year to an end, I hope it has been a safe and happy one for you, your family and friends.

This is the time of year where most of us reflect on what we did right, what we did wrong and what we will try to do better in the upcoming year.

This may include, but not be limited to, cutting back on what we eat because we enjoyed the holiday just a bit too much, spending more time with family because we’ve been working way too much, or maybe just accepting others for who they are rather than putting them down because they don’t think like we do.

So, doesn’t it make sense that we should do the same when it comes to workplace safety?

Let’s look at what you could do starting with those of you who had an accident- and OSHA citation-free year.

The simple answer to this one might be to do things exactly the same so next year will be another accident- and OSHA citation-free year.

But I believe if you take a closer look, you’ll find something you could improve on that will help ensure the same results for the upcoming year, like:

  • Looking at some of those hazards that your employees are potentially exposed to everyday and providing them with continued awareness with quick 5-10 minute safety meetings
  • Making sure your employees are aware of OSHA regulations that pertain to your type of work
  • Looking back at any near-miss situations that could have turned into a workplace injury and then provide retraining to employees using those real life situations

Those are just a few ideas to get you thinking.I’m sure you can think of more if you put a little effort into it.

Now let’s look at what those who may have experienced workplace injuries or received OSHA citations could do.

I’ll start off by saying the 3 ideas I mentioned above will also work for you. Plus, here are a few more:

  • Take a close look at each of the accidents that occurred this year, see what could have been done differently and review the information with your employees
  • Review your OSHA citations, let your employees know why you received them and make them aware that if you receive another similar citation in the next 5 years, the cost could be more than double the current penalty
  • And finally, let your employees know that their safety is important to you and hold them accountable when you see them working in an unsafe manner

I could go on, but I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

Here’s hoping you will spend 2020 making the workplace a little safer for you and your coworkers.

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Thanks for Reading and Please - Work Safe This Week!

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