Unlike obvious workplace hazards such as lacerations, falls and repetitive motion injuries, workers' psychological issues can be difficult to spot and are nearly always more complex to prevent. But they are no less important.
At the mention of industrial accidents, people typically envision large-scale machinery and mangled limbs. While industrial equipment poses dramatic risks, some of the most common workplace injuries involve hand tools and their use, or misuse. Practically every industry uses hand tools to some extent, so any solid OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) program includes training for hand tool safety.
You've gone through your carefully prepped slides, engaged your employees, emphasized only the most important stats and otherwise given an Oscar-worthy safety presentation. But the real test comes next. That's when you find out whether anything you said stuck with your employees or whether all they heard was Charlie Brown's teacher: wah wah wah wah. The workplace safety quiz is an excellent way to measure your safety presentation's success. To make sure your questions are giving you helpful information, consider these tips from teachers and quiz writers.
In an ideal world, OHS professionals would set workplace safety policy and everyone, from the CEO down to the floor, would embrace workplace safety rules with open arms. If you're a safety manager, we can bet that your scenario looks a little different. Staff often take some convincing to change their ways, even in the name of employee safety.
It's true what they say: change is the only constant, but humans have a strange relationship with change. Even as we push to improve quality, safety and profit, we resist any move away from the familiar. As a safety officer, one of your top goals is reducing injuries. That means keeping on top of safe work practices and introducing new procedures and equipment to mitigate workplace hazards. As you guide employee safety, you will introduce change that staff members are likely to resist. How can you implement safe work practices –from procedures to new safety equipment – successfully?