Tips to Ensure a Safe Work Environment

May 3, 2021

Dangerous accident during work. First aid

This week is North American Occupational Safety & Health Week, which runs from May 2nd–8th and raises awareness about the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace. This week encourages safe work practices and a commitment to occupational safety. Several hazards can contribute to workplace injury or illness, including:

  • Poor lighting
  • Unsanitary work conditions
  • Inadequate safeguards such as loose or missing guardrails on stairs or walkways
  • Slippery floors
  • Poorly maintained or improper use of equipment
  • Defective equipment or tools
  • Lack of safety training

The cost of ensuring workplace safety to prevent injury or illness is far less than the repercussions of finally addressing them and/or related lawsuits. Companies that invest in safety show that they care about their employees, leading to a more positive brand image and increased morale that reduces turnover and absenteeism and encourages higher productivity. According to the Federal Occupational Health agency, companies can do the following to ensure a safe and healthful work environment:

  • Conduct a safety audit
  • Conduct water/air quality testing
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments in choosing ergonomically correct equipment and furniture
  • Identify potential hazards and provide recommendations to eliminate or mitigate hazards
  • Provide employee safety training
  • Conduct annual inspections
  • Establish procedures for responding to workplace emergencies and reporting unsafe and unhealthful working conditions

For more help with ensuring a safe and healthful work environment, call 210-495-1950 for more information about services we provide, including safety management in business and industrial facilities.