Top Workplace Safety Risks and How to Avoid Them

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Avoiding these workplace safety risks can give you, your employees, and your customers peace of mind.

Are you prepared for a workplace emergency or injury? You may think you are, but oftentimes businesses fall short when it really matters. Avoid fire hazards, falls, and common workplace safety risks with a few simple changes at your commercial property.

Neglecting Fire Safety Plans or Building Inspections

A structure fire occurs every 65 seconds in the United States, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Agency.

Ensuring that your workplace is prepared for such an emergency is crucial for you and your business.

A few recommendations to consider when wanting to avoid workplace safety & fire risks include:

  1. Properly light and clear all emergency exits
  2. Test and confirm that each fire alarm throughout your property is active and ready for a fire emergency
  3. Test sprinkler systems and other fire safety systems regularly.

It’s important that all exits can easily be opened by one person and are labeled correctly. In an emergency, you want to ensure that those inside of your business are able to exit with ease. You’ll also want to make sure that a fire is accurately detected and that all safety responses are functioning.

Another way to avoid workplace fire safety risks is to have a fire safety plan. This plan should include a list of all fire safety hazards such as cooking equipment, a build-up of waste materials and flammable liquids; easily located fire safety equipment such as extinguishers; and marked fire exits.

Inspect your commercial property for potential fire safety hazards annually. OSHA recommends a visual inspection and a fire extinguisher inspection monthly by employers.

Mismanaged First Aid Kits and Other Medical Equipment

First aid may seem self-explanatory when talking about workplace safety, but there is an exponential list of actions you can take to be prepared for a medical emergency. Workplaces should not only have first aid kits but also medical cabinets and AED defibrillators.

A first aid kit will typically carry the essentials needed to treat minor cuts, burns, strains, and eye injuries. Items such as band-aids, wraps, creams, and over-the-counter pain pills are only a few of the essentials you may need from a first aid kit.

A medical cabinet can carry more supplies than a typical first aid kit that can then better prepare you for medical emergencies in the workplace, especially if working in an industrial area or department.

What is an AED Defibrillator?

An AED defibrillator is a small, electronic and easy-to-use device that can sense your heart’s rhythm and send an electronic shock if needed to re-establish that rhythm.

According to OSHA, 10,000 cardiac arrests happen in the workplace each year. An AED will help you be more prepared in case it happens to someone in your workplace. Applying CPR or utilizing an AED to and employee or customers experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or a heart attack could save their life.

It is important to have a few select employees trained in CPR and AED. The training takes place in a class or one-on-one training in which we can provide and is a helpful skill to have not only to prevent risk in the workplace but also outside of work.

Businesses should keep their safety supplies in an easy-to-access area where employees can find them at a moment’s notice. We recommend keeping a list of who in your workplace is CPR or AED certified to make responding to an emergency an effective process.

Installing these workplace safety items will prepare your business for an emergency if one should arise.

Ignoring Workplace Tripping Hazards

Tripping and falling are the second leading causes of missed days from work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A workplace injury can not only be dangerous but also costly for commercial properties. Keep your employees and customers safe from a potential workplace injury with only a few changes.

Building Exterior Tripping Hazards

Be sure to remove hazards from high-traffic areas such as parking lots and sidewalks. Removing dead branches, filling cracks in the cement, and eliminating unruly pieces from your commercial landscape can help prevent an injury. Repair pathways or sidewalks where it is needed. You may also add retaining walls to manage the displacement of environmental elements will not only create a safer environment for you and your customers, but it will also keep your property looking its best.

Building Interior Tripping Hazards

As for the interior, avoid workplace tripping hazards by creating pathways meant only for employees or customers to walk along. Be sure to inspect these pathways regularly, remove any loose articles, and ensure spills and leaks are tended to. If a plumbing emergency arises, don’t wait until it’s too late to get it repaired. Wet surfaces are tough to notice and can cause a serious accident. Handling any possible plumbing issue or other interior maintenance needs in a timely manner creates a safer workplace for those inside of your facility.

Another simple way to prevent injury is to make sure all areas of the facility are well lit. Proper workplace lighting will guarantee that high-traffic areas remain a safe space. Avoid possible tripping hazards by properly lighting all rooms throughout the facility.

Mismanaged Workplace Safety Changes

Preparing and scheduling a fire inspection, adding medical service supplies, and repairing emergency maintenance is a lot to manage. Keeping your workplace hazard-free is crucial! Facility maintenance companies, such as ALFF Construction, will manage your business’s safety for you.

Hiring a workplace safety expert will provide you peace of mind. When choosing this option, your business will be prepared for any emergency.

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