Hazard can’t be completely eliminated. Even in very safe environment, people will make mistakes. They will take chances, take shortcuts. What will reduce that behavior is a high awareness of the risks.
Each year over 5,000 employees die from a workplace injury. Workplace hazards cause illnesses to more than 50,000 of which will die. Finally, 6 million workers will suffer non-fatal injuries.
We believe that the problems are under control. There are so many programs, training, signs everywhere. The numbers above tell otherwise.
There are two participants in the safety behavior. The person concerned. She has to make sure he or she protect herself. The management makes sure they work in an appropriate environment.
By increasing the safety awareness of those two groups, the risk diminishes. Employees and management have very different objectives. Their understanding of what constitue a hazard may greatly differ. We must address both group concerns.
The understanding that the job of taking of safety is very important. The consequences are major. Taking a few extra minutes to control a potentially hazardous task will save people, time and money.
The employee must be ready, have the right tools, equipment, experience and procedures. If appropriate, wear the proper personal protective equipment.
Ones must also help to keep his co-workers safe.
Since there is no way to totally eliminate the risks and accidents, be ready. Knowledge of what to do and the location of the First Aid Kits and other Emergency products is necessary.
Finally, employee groups must know how to and be ready for emergency evacuations. Management and employees need to define procedures, behavior, assign responsibilities.
Area of risk
To many, it means a lot of work. It sounds like just figuring what are the risk will take a lot of effort. Here is something interesting. Most accidents or incidents are of eight causes:
- struck by person or object
- struck agains person or object
- slip, trip, fall
- caught in or between
- repetitive motion
- contact with
- moving equipment.
It means that assessing the risks with that initial list could quickly identify the most important ones.