One thing no one wants in the workplace is a safety hazard. Unfortunately, many studies show that nearly every workplace has at least a few safety hazards. On the bright side, just because there are dangers present does not mean they can’t be surmounted or avoided. Here to help with this is a list of the top five safety and security issues present in the workplace.
1. High Places
A good percentage of annual workplace accidents result from falling. This can occur when employees are working on ladders, scaffolding, or a variety of other elevated surfaces. Looking a little deeper, when evaluating the conditions that resulted in a fall, it is likely that the workplace was not adhering to proper scaffolding and ladder regulations.
2. Poor Understanding of Security and Protection Protocol
Research also indicates that improper conditions usually result from poor understanding of workplace safety regulations, theft, surveillance camera issues, and door access control. Some of these factors include providing fall protection protocol, proper theft response training, adequate security measures pertaining to security cameras and workplace access. Essentially, business owners should evaluate their workplaces and identify any potential areas where these problems could occur in order to properly train employees and provide the required attention to those specific areas.
When it comes to clutter, just get rid of it. Many of the studies alluded to above also place hazards relating to clutter near the top of the list in terms of workplace safety issues. Consider the objects you might have scattered about your workplace. Is any of it blocking a fire exit, or strewn throughout the aisles? One effective means of preventing clutter clusters is to train your employees to clean as they go. If there is any issue they are unable to tend to themselves then they should be trained on the proper protocol for alerting a supervisor. Additionally, it is a good idea to designate a block of time at the end of a shift to ensure that the workplace is clean and ready for the next day.
4. Excessive Extension Cords
Extension cords are often a godsend. They can be used for a variety of applications and are extremely convenient when we need them. However, their use for a specific application should not be permanent, especially if connecting one requires it to be strewn across a busy walkway. In terms of protocol, this is actually the law. OSHA considers it a violation to leave extension cords on the ground for multiple weeks or months. In order to adequately address this problem, employers need to be attentive as to whether a cord is on the ground for a specific project, and the length of time involved in that project. What’s’ more, even if the project extends over multiple days, weeks, or months, it is a good idea to wrap the cord and store it at the end of each shift.
Theft is a serious workplace issue that requires extensive training in terms of security systems and proper protocol. Workplace theft comes in a variety of forms, so it is important to comprehensively address them all. Means of guarding against theft include recording with cameras, concise situational evaluation, involving law enforcement, proper supervision, and adequate prevention.