Safety talks provide extensive opportunities for companies. These meetings offer benefits such as decreased costs and risks, improved reputation for corporate responsibility, increased productivity, lower absence and staff turnover rates, and heightened morale. Promoting workplace safety involves educating every employee on the significance of following all safety policies and procedures.
All workplaces have their own safety hazards, which depend on the nature of work performed and the physical environment of the business. Incorporating a job hazard or job safety analysis into the safety training program is an effective means of identifying dangers in the workplace. Job hazard analysis examines individual tasks as a way to identify potential risks before an incident happens. This activity focuses on the connections among the employees, work environment, tools used, and the task.
Job hazard analysis is also done by noting areas and tasks that pose safety hazards and discussing them during safety talks. Having a fresh pair of eyes looking at the way every task is performed might reveal hazards that were overlooked in the past.
When all the potential risks have been identified, the company can implement a plan to lessen or eliminate the hazard to a satisfactory level. There must be a clear mark on hazardous areas with warning signs. Employees should also be required to wear the safety equipment when using machines or when close to hazardous materials.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
When potential job hazards are detected, the employer finds out if employees will be required to use personal protective equipment such as eye, face, head, or hand protection. It is the obligation of the employer to choose the right and well-fitted equipment to protect employees from those risks, and to ensure that all employees attend safety talks to receive thorough training on the use of every type of equipment. Every employee needs to know the tasks that require PPE, the potential hazards they face, how often the PPE has to be inspected, and how to properly wear and adjust the PPE.
Safety Signs and Signals
The employers are responsible in providing, maintaining, and training employees on the value of safety signs and signals on conditions and situations where job hazards are present. They consider the results of job hazard analysis to identify these areas. Safety signs and signals do not replace hazard control, but they help in warning employees about great risks and in instructing them about the actions to take concerning those risks. Through safety talks, employers could teach their staff about safety signs and signals, such as color, symbol, and category (warning, emergency, prohibition).
This is a generally accepted technique used in regularly identifying hazards. Through self-inspection, employers and employees can work together using research, fact-finding, job hazard analysis, and safety checklists, identifying the actions required to solve potential problems. Being responsible for the practices that keep employees safe allows employers to regularly assess tasks with individual employees. This kid of safety training could also be a reminder to employees the significance of notifying the management about potentially hazardous incidents.
Sickness and Disease
In the workplace, the spread of communicable viruses and diseases is a common incidence. Often, employees are urged to go to work even when they are sick because of a persistent push for higher productivity. Employers can help their business become more productive and the employees to stay healthy by encouraging them to just stay home when they feel sick and giving them more sick days. An individual with the flu can quickly spread the disease. Sickness and disease should be part of safety talks and employees must be encouraged to go to human resources or to a manager for any concerns.