Today we bring you some digestible information around safety in the workplace. Our aim at Cerasis continues and will always be to provide the most important information to those in the manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, and logistics industry. As a transportation management solutions provider offering both technology solutions and managed services, our goal as a business is to provide a streamlined processes and allow core business focus for our shipper customers who are manufacturers and distributors. Through our blog, we extend this mission by providing information, such as today’s subject, safety in in the workplace, so that our shippers and even those who are not our shippers can have great information to improve their business and continue cutting out costly waste. It is proven time and time again that a safer workplace is more profitable.
A Brief on Safety in the Workplace
Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. These programs are designed to make employees aware of what is going on around them in their work environment to keep them safe and healthy. Magnatag has found that just using signs such as “caution” or “safety first!” are not enough to keep your employees’ engaged and focused on improving safety – you have to get them involved in the safety program with visual aids that report safety records and promote safety awareness for the whole production floor. Check out our infographic to find out the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids!
Quick Guidelines for Safety in the Workplace from OSHA
Before we give you the great infographic from Magnatag, a company who designs and manufactures visible systems for an incredible range of users from the White House to the local auto dealer , here is some great information from OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration):
In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 23,000 significant injuries due to assault at work. More than 70 percent of these assaults were in healthcare and social service settings. Health care and social service workers are almost four times as likely to be injured as a result of violence than the average private sector worker. To reduce the risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration today released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers*. The publication includes industry best practices and highlights the most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in various healthcare and social service settings.
“It is unacceptable that the people who dedicate their lives to caring for our loved ones often work in fear of injury or death,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “This updated booklet will help employers implement effective measures to reduce or eliminate workplace violence hazards.”
The revised guidelines – which update OSHA’s 1996 and 2004 guidelines – incorporate research in the last decade into the causes of workplace violence on healthcare and social service settings, risk factors that accompany working with patients or clients who display violent behavior, and the appropriate preventive measures that can be taken, amid the variety of settings in which health care and social service employees work. The guidelines also stress the importance of developing a written workplace violence prevention program. The program should include management commitment and employee participation, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, safety and health training, and recordkeeping and program evaluation.
More information on violence prevention in all workplace settings is available on OSHA’s Workplace Violence Web page.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov
INFOGRAPHIC: How Visual Aids Can Improve Safety in the Workplace
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