Employers in Illinois must develop plans to reduce the number of accidents that occur in the workplace. Staying safe at work means developing policies and procedures that provide the safest, most efficient environment for your employees.
Review OSHA guidelines
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides federal safety guidelines for workers in all types of industries. Their guidelines work as national standards that all employers are expected to follow. Many employers create safety policies and training programs based on OSHA’s recommendations.
Wear personal protective equipment
Every workplace has recommendations for the personal protective equipment (PPE) that their workers should wear. PPE rules vary from wearing rubber-soled shoes to avoid slipping to wearing gloves to prevent cuts or abrasions on the hands. Most importantly, workers must continuously wear PPE whether hazards are present or not present.
Clear away the clutter
Clutter in the workplace, whether it’s a hospital or a retail store, increases the risk of falls. Remove the debris that workers constantly have to avoid to prevent an accident. Slips and falls are one of the most common causes of claims for workers’ compensation.
Most workers get into accidents because they skip over one or more rules. They don’t follow the rules exactly and speed through the process. Being efficient at work involves following step-by-step instructions for every task. Every worker should follow a list of procedures exactly as outlined in a plan.
The importance of safety planning
Employees should never use their own personal judgment to decide how to stay safe at work. There are always good ways and bad ways to perform every task. Most employers have detailed plans on how to work together and maintain a safer environment for everyone.