Tips to Keep a Worksite Healthy
It’s important that your worksite be clean and safe to promote the overall well-being of your employees and visitors. A healthy worksite reduces the exposure to diseases and that can lead to lost time or restricted duty, increased expenses and lost productivity. But creating a healthy worksite isn’t as hard as it sounds.
In fact, OSHA’s 2014 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards included three things you can check on in your own worksite right now — fall protection, scaffolding and ladders. To help you even more, read on for more simple ways you can keep your worksite safe and healthy today.
Tips to Creating a Healthy Worksite:
- Make the work environment as visual as possible to eliminate slip, trip and fall hazards. Use signs, colors and shapes to denote locations, aisle ways and exits.
- Ensure there is good ventilation in work areas proportional to the risk involved with the work.
- Establish and adhere to all Personal Protective Equipment requirements.
- Establish a pre-shift stretching routine to keep muscles loose.
- Ensure blood-borne pathogen training has been provided and response kits are available.
- Make sure Material Safety Data Sheets are available and accessible to all employees.
- Ensure spill response and fire suppression equipment is available.
- Provide Emergency First Responders and have at least one designated for each work area.
- Limit the use of smoking and oral tobacco to designated areas only.
- Set high cleanliness and housekeeping standards. Do not let dirt and debris accumulate.
- Provide clean bathrooms, wash stations, eating areas and running water. Make sure there are proper toiletries and cleaning supplies available. Hands-free plumbing and waste receptacles are best.
- Keep waste receptacles from over-filling. Establish good recycling procedures and designate the type of waste that should go into each waste receptacle.
- Implement a comprehensive auditing program that assesses compliance to expectations. Most healthy worksites have an effective auditing process.
In addition to creating a clean and inviting worksite for all, healthy worksites also improve employee morale and reduce employee turnover, all of which you need to get the job done.