A small puddle in the break room. A co-worker trying to shake off a burn on his hand as “nothing” when it certainly isn’t looking like nothing. A warehouse floor that is relatively free of signage. Everywhere we look in traditional and industrial environments, there are hidden traps waiting for people that will only become more of a liability if they aren’t addressed promptly. Let’s get after 2019 together with SOS’ Workplace Safety Refresh – a guide to ensuring that your place of business isn’t an accident waiting to happen.
Prior to one of our safety consultants doing a walk-through of your facility in person, take stock of your own safety level with this quick checklist. It might be quite the eye-opener.
- Forklift and Lift Truck Safety
If your environment has any forklifts or lift trucks, it’s time to review the state of your daily operations as they relate to OSHA compliance. A full Engine Off Checklist and Engine On Checklist that’s consistently followed will help minimize your culture’s risk of experiencing not only severe injuries but also severe fines from OSHA too.
Haven’t taken a serious look at this area in a while? Our article on how to create better forklift and lift truck safety checklists should begin to get you back on track. Given the thousands of workers killed and injured each year, it’s not a moment too soon to do so.
- CPR and AED Safety
Do you have new employees? Even if you don’t, how long has it been since your people were properly trained on how to administer CPR and operate an AED? It literally is time for a refresher course from an SOS safety consultant on-site. When it comes to operating AEDs and CPR correctly, it all starts here with training. Because if your entire team knows how to act in the event of sudden cardiac arrest in an employee – with only 10 minutes maximum to resuscitate a victim, your whole environment will be filled with solid first responders rather than that one person on another floor who knows it really, really well. That’s definitely not a great option for saving a life.
In addition to a stronger level of training across the board, each year brings the opportunity to take a fresh look at the pads and batteries in your AEDs. After all, it’s not enough to simply have an AED if you don’t have a fully functioning one that’s ready to deploy. Does each device’s service light indicator show that the AED will operate if it is used or is it going to fail in the moment of truth? Do you have enough pads? How about an extra battery? Don’t wonder. Know.
- Hazard Communication Safety
Does your facility use any hazardous substances and store them on-site? Have you introduced any new substances of this nature in the last year? In this area, there’s no such thing as being too careful on the type of documentation you may have of how many substances you have and if they’re clearly labeled where they’re stored.
In addition, OSHA requires that you have a written plan that details hazard communication information – if this plan hasn’t been updated in the last year or even before that, the moment to update it is right now before you’re paid a visit by an inspector. That way, an SOS safety consultant who is working in your best interests can make recommendations you can swiftly implement to stay on the right side of hazard communication compliance.
- First Aid Safety
It’s not hard to know if you have all the essential items for first aid in your supply cabinet – it looks exactly like this. So unless you’ve never opened the door of that first aid cabinet, you have some first aid supplies that could use replenishing. Even in a small business, it’s difficult to keep track of your inventory in the first aid department, so let SOS do the work for you. We’ll measure your supply against our comprehensive list and if you’re light on any particular items, we’ll remedy that shortage promptly.
- Heat Safety
Now, you may be thinking, “Why do we need to worry about heat safety in the middle of Winter?” A couple reasons, actually. For one, you can’t necessarily wait until the warmest months for your team to be educated about taking safety precautions when working outside. The sooner they know how to act in a heat-related emergency, the better. Secondly, there may be plenty of areas indoors that present heat safety risks, particularly if they have poor ventilation. With this in mind, do you have a real heat safety program and even if you do, when was the last time your employees were trained on what to do in an emergency where a heat-related illness presents itself in a co-worker? Like many of the other areas we’ve discussed, when in doubt, a conversation with SOS about training and first aid supplies is in order.
There you have it – 5 key areas that encompass some of the most common and important to address as you start the new year with a fresh perspective on workplace safety. But really, this is just the beginning. To be sure that you aren’t vulnerable on the safety front, it takes a second set of eyes from one of the best resources in the Chicago area – SOS Technologies. Year after year, we’re helping small and large businesses alike put the pieces in place with a safety program that’s tailor-made for their culture and employees. Let’s talk more about arranging your own Workplace Safety Refresh today with a simple phone call to SOS at 888.705.6100.