Fall has arrived in all its glory. This is a good time to evaluate safety practices and schedule some safety briefings to remind workers of the hazards they can encounter in the workplace.
- inform and remind employees about risks in the workplace and safety training available
- enable you to evaluate previous safety-related incidents and how those hazards have been addressed
- keep workers alert and aware to the possible hazards in their job and workplace
Seasonal Safety Briefings
Ladder Safety best practices includes things such as: having both feet and one hand on the ladder at all times (i.e., maintaining three points of contact) and choosing the right ladder for the job. Know that ladders have specific height and weight limits. Ladders should be placed on level ground; if needed, lean against a stable surface. Don’t stop there though. Come up with a ladder safety list that employees can use whether they are hanging decorations in the office, cleaning gutters on a building or climbing up to do roofing work (some of the more common times falls from a ladder occur).
Slip, Trip and Fall prevention. Keep your walkways clear of any debris; in the fall, that includes leaves. Walkways can become slick when it rains and icy as the weather gets colder. Another slip/trip/fall hazard is the water and wet leaves workers track into your office or building. Keep rubber, industrial strength mats at entrances. Alert both employees and visitors to your workplace putting signs where trip hazards may not be easily seen. Encourage workers to wear non-slip footwear.
Maintain company vehicles. That means making sure company vehicles have been serviced and items repaired, if needed – replace wiper blades and worn tires, inspect headlights and taillights, check fluid levels, service brakes, restock emergency kits.
Prepare for the weather. Fall brings rain, fog, wind, and cooler weather. Remind employees to keep an extra set of warm, dry clothing in their vehicle and to dress in layers to keep the warmth in. In colder weather, have the right footwear, hat and gloves. Make sure those that work outdoors or in colder areas have a safe, heated place for breaks.
Drivers should stay alert for hazards such as deer, slow moving construction equipment, school buses and stop-and-go traffic.
Make mental health part of your overall health and wellness program. Talk about the signs of things such as depression and anxiety and create an awareness, especially around holidays times.
Inspect smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. A small amount of effort now will ensure these are in good working order in the event of an emergency.
What safety briefings would you add to this list?