Injury prevention is mission critical in the workplace. Safe practices reduce risk and ultimately lead to increased profits, employee efficiency, and overall better employee morale. A safe employee is a happy employee who goes home at the end of their work day. To begin educating your team on workplace safety it is helpful to contrast unsafe and safe behaviors. Below is a list of some areas to consider carefully.
Not wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when dealing with electrical hazards or around fire systems. This can lead to serious injury and violations of OSHA regulations.
Not properly training your employees for when they have to deal with workplace hazards.
Not having a routine inspection of maintenance equipment to make sure it is clean and running smoothly without any problems.
Allowing work areas to become cluttered and unmaintained.
Not keeping your facility secure with video surveillance, fire monitoring or access control.
Stay up-to-date with the latest OSHA and NPFA 70E requirements. This allows you to know the safe procedures that come with certain jobs.
Have your fire systems inspected to ensure their working conditions? These are important as they can detect heat, smoke, and carbon monoxide.
Have your Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed in order to ensure that your electrical equipment is properly checked and inspected and so you know which PPE to wear.
Designation a proper place for tools, equipment and schedule regular times to clean work areas and walk ways.
Always report anything you see that could lead to a hazard or lead to an unsafe situation. Sometimes hazards can go unnoticed. Speak up!
Keep safety a priority! It is a best practice for many reasons. Be thorough with your inspections and training and quick to respond when a problem is identified. For additional help or information on ways you can improve safety contact the experts at Thompson Innovation. Our information is:
Are you wearing the proper personal protective equipment? Do you know about the many dangers that could occur if you are not prepared? We at Thompson know all about safety and are more than happy to share, teach, and train you on this information. If you read along, we will explain what you should be wearing to avoid any issues with electrical equipment.
There are plenty of hazardous events that can occur if you have the wrong or even no PPE on at all. Serious injury and even death can be the result of not being properly trained. Some of the injuries include: electric shock, severe burns, blindness, shrapnel wounds, lung blast injuries, ruptured eardrums, and pressure wave injuries. If you are wearing the proper PPE, then you will be able to avoid all of those problems.
You may not know which PPE to wear at the right time. The only way to know is to have your Arc Flash Risk Assessment completed. This is an essential assessment because it will tell you which pieces of equipment require level 1 PPE or level 4 PPE. Ask yourself, do you want to be caught in a situation where you need all the protection possible and you are only wearing level 1 equipment? The answer is probably no. Think about that the next time you are around electrical equipment, it could mean life or death for you.
We at Thompson provide Arc Flash Risk Assessments and are more than willing to come out and train you on what equipment needs certain levels of PPE. This knowledge will greatly increase the safety of your employees and that is something that we strive to achieve. Come to us for your PPE training and Arc Flash Risk Assessment needs.