Work environments are supposed to be safe havens, so employers need to do everything they can to look after their employees’ health and safety. Workplace safety risks can harm people or cause damage to the surroundings, resulting in adverse health effects or loss of property.
There are several risks that could arise in a workplace depending on the kind of business; these range from minor trips to massive, life-threatening fires. For example, recent research conducted by America’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that automation and technology are giving rise to new risks and hazards at the workplace.
As an employer, here’s how you can identify and monitor risks at your workplace.
Trips and falls
Trips and falls are some of the most common workplace injuries. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, housekeeping, proper footwear, and appropriate flooring play a key role in preventing slips and falls.
Moreover, upturned carpet corners increase the risks of slipping accidents at work. Employers should ensure proper cleaning and placement to avoid this.
There are many professions that involve the use of electricity, such as electricians, engineers, and construction workers. There are numerous reasons for hazards arising, including defective equipment, unsafely using electrical appliances, and worn-out wires coming.
In 2017, the Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards reported 951 fatalities due to work-related causes, including due to electrocution. Employers should conduct regular safety examinations in order to ensure minimize the risk of injuries at work.
Exposure to various chemicals can cause many health risks if they’re inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin in the form of fumes, gases, dust, or vapour. These hazards are common in places like industries, labs, and medical facilities. Employers should ensure employee safety by providing adequate information and safety gear in order to prevent accidents at work.
Every organization needs to be in compliance with fire safety standards. Not doing so can harm your business and also put employees health and safety in jeopardy. Workers should be informed about extinguishers and emergency exits in case of a fire. Hiring a first aid training company or holding frequent fire drills at the workplace can help avoid the risk.
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