21 Things To Do To For A Safe Workplace


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  • Offer employees a share of insurance premium reductions which result from a reduced number of accidents.
  • Match the applicant carefully to the job. Test their skills and physical abilities.
  • Install alarm systems for theft, entry and fire purposes.
  • Make sure that all threats of violence are reported and investigated immediately.
  • Maintain a first aid cabinet, post first aid information, including fire, police, and ambulance numbers, and a poster on how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Comply with all Federal and State OSHA IIPP requirements.
  • Comply with all hazardous materials reporting requirements, including identification of hazardous substances.
  • Clearly mark and keep clear all your exits, aisles, and passages. Provide stairs with slip resistant surfaces, handrails and proper lighting.
  • Make sure your equipment contains safety guards, electrical grounding, readily available and easily identifiable power shut off switches and emergency stop buttons.
  • When appropriate provide your employees with, and require them to wear, protective clothing including: safety glasses, gloves, hard hats, steel toed boots, headphones, hearing protective equipment, wrist braces, back support belts, and the like.
  • Do not allow productivity pressures to compromise safety.
  • Make sure the furniture and equipment you use at the work is ergonomically designed. This includes chairs, computer keyboards, computer screens, as well as other equipment involving repetitive physical use.
  • Address indoor pollution problems through proper ventilation and inspection.
  • Regularly inspect your equipment for functionality and safety purposes.
  • Have a safety officer, a safety plan, and conduct safety meetings.
  • Make sure to send ill employees home before allowing them to work around dangerous machinery.
  • Make sure you communicate emergency response plans for fire, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, etc.
  • Drug test new employees and after accidents.
  • Clearly set forth smoking prohibitions and participate in anti-smoking campaigns.
  • Do a criminal reference check for employees in positions of responsibility for elders, infants and others who are dependent on their care.
  • Do pre-hire and annual Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) checks for all employee who drive as part of their job.

1998 Phin Enterprises. Donald A. Phin, Esq., CPCM. No portion of these materials may be reproduced by any means without the express written permission of the author.
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