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Workplace dangers are present in every industry. Employers can help workers navigate around these dangers and complete their jobs without exposing themselves to unnecessary risk. Cover an array of workplace safety topics during regular employee meetings to improve the safety of your workplace and reduce on-the-job injuries.
Use Equipment Properly
Workplace injuries can occur when individuals use equipment that they do not fully understand. Prevent these avoidable injuries by educating your workers on each piece of equipment used within your workplace. At each employee meeting, introduce and explain a new piece of equipment. By educating all workers on the equipment that fills the work environment, regardless of whether they personally use that equipment, you can ensure that they know the safety precautions they must take.
Show employees each workplace chemical and discuss the potential hazards that it poses. Avoid assumptions, such as that employees know that mixing bleach and ammonia produces potentially deadly gas. Explain each potential combination hazard to ensure that your employees do not accidentally misuse chemicals.
Employees must be cautious around others' bodily fluids so that they do not contract a transmittable disease. Discuss the concept of blood-borne pathogens. Explain the procedure for dealing with human bodily fluids to your workers. Outline the importance of following procedure to ensure safety.
While your employees likely know that they should wash their hands regularly to avoid transmitting germs, remind them of this procedure regularly. As cold and flu season arrives, discuss effective, regular hand washing. Following your training, place hand washing posters in the bathrooms to promote this practice.
While often overlooked, workplace stress does present a danger. Discuss stress and stress reduction techniques. Allow workers to share stories of stress and provide examples of how they responded. Give each employee a stress ball at the conclusion of the meeting. Remind workers that they can turn to management whenever they feel overwhelmed.
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