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8 Great Safety Tips for Your Breakroom Wall
Smart small business owners like you know their most valuable assets are their hard-working employees. And keeping those employees safe should be a number one priority. But even the best bosses can’t do it alone. It takes a team commitment to a safety-first philosophy to keep your staff protected and your business dreams moving forward. So sound the horn for safety, it’s time to help every employee stay wise at work!
Staying injury-free at work is a full-time job. To help your staff keep their safety smarts sharp, post these tips where they’ll see them every day.
Know your surroundings. When you always know what’s going on around you, you’re better able to stay clear of potential hazards. Know your equipment, know your escape routes and make sure all emergency exits are accessible and clear.
Prevent slips and falls. Slips, trips and falls are a common cause of workplace injury. But most can be prevented by keeping floors clean and dry, wearing proper footwear and replacing damaged flooring.
Take your breaks. If you’re tired or worn out, your concentration can burn out. So take your breaks, because breaks keep you feeling fresh, focused and ready for what’s next.
Manage your stress. Long hours, heavy workloads and coworker conflict can all lead to stress on the job. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to your supervisor or another resource who can help you find ways to lighten the load.
Lift with care. You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: lift with your legs, not your back. Use slow, steady movements and try to avoid stooping or twisting. And if it’s just too heavy, get some help – from a coworker or a forklift.
Use the right tools, the right way. When it comes to tools and machines, using the right one for the job is a sensible move. Improvising can lead to injury. And before you put any tool to work, inspect it for wear and tear. Because defective can be dangerous.
Equip yourself. Every task requires the proper protective equipment. Are you wearing the right stuff for the job? Depending on your daily to-dos, don’t forget your earplugs, hard hat, googles or gloves!
Constantly communicate. Spot a safety issue? Have a concern? If you see something, say something. Tell your supervisor so they can take the proper steps. Be a safety seeker, and make work a safer place for everybody.
These 8 simple but essential tips can go a very long way in keeping your employees safe, productive and inspired. Want to learn about more ways to protect your business dreams? Your American Family agent is ready to help!