The United States Department of Labor has already recorded at least 20 work-related fatalities across the country from January to March of this year. In 2016, the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 5,190 fatal work injuries. Most of these deaths involved in-transportation incidents. The same summary cited a decline of fires and explosions incident by 27 percent.
While there was a reported decline of fires and explosions incidents, these statistics must still be a management concern because accidents do happen unpredictably. If you want to protect your employees from accidents, here is how you can promote safety in your workplace.
Do you have proper and readable safety signs in your office? If not, you should create them. It would be a big help for people to make those signs visible. Professionals such as Clarion Safety Systems can create safety signs for your fire extinguishers.
Have Your Fire Alarm System Checked
You need proper equipment to help you detect smoke before it starts to light up. Make sure that your smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers work, too. If you require the placing of fire extinguishers on every floor of your office building, make sure that your employees know how to use them. Continuous education about these things helps your employees be capable of minimizing the hazards in your workplace.
Have Your Wiring System Checked
Is your wiring system completely safe? If not, maybe there’s a need to do a rewiring project. Updating your wiring system also helps prevent short circuits or electrocution.
Have an Evacuation Plan
Do your employees know the exits of your office building, especially when an emergency happens? If not, you need to conduct evacuation drills quarterly. It is helpful that they know where to go to when a calamity occurs.
The government can only do so much to provide you with the information that you need. It is up to you to make your workplace the safest place for your employees.