Government statistics show that as of the 2nd of September, Australia has seen 125 workplace-related deaths. This figure doesn’t include the number of injuries among Australian workers. The seemingly small number is indicative of the effects of government and commercial initiatives to make workplaces safer.
Nevertheless, there is room for improvement. You can do your part starting with your own business through these ways:
Design a Safe Environment
There’s a reason building regulations exist: to keep everyone within the premises of a structure safe. Apart from the typical provisions of local building codes, be sure to have some safety measures prepared. Install and regularly inspect the prefabricated stairs you have at your emergency exits, check the structural integrity of railings and scaffolds, and implement workplace policies to keep everyone away from accidents.
Equip Employees with Proper Gear
Never skimp on safety equipment, because these things can decide the outcome of life-and-death scenarios following an accident. Be sure that you have the proper gear and safety measures to keep your people equipped against the dangers of the workplace, particularly those in high-risk industries.
Proper gear also involves dress code and uniforms. You have to take into account the season during certain months of the year. During winter, it’s best to install on-site heating equipment, and to advise employees to dress in layers. In cases of exposure to extreme heat (regardless of the season), make sure that employees have adequate airflow and ventilation.
Informthe Staffabout Safety Standards
Awareness goes a long way in preventing accidents. You may have comprehensive policies addressing employee safety, but these measures would be for naught if your staff isn’t aware of these. Conduct briefings, trainings, and seminars on the things they need to know to stay safe while at work.
With the right strategies, it’s possible to reduce the number of workplace accidents from hundreds to tens – or better yet, zero. Start the progress in your business and keep your employees safe using these approaches.