Instilling and maintaining workplace safety is no easy task, especially in an industrial environment. Workplaces have many different high risks depending on the industry, ranging from slips and falls to dangerous equipment and machinery or toxic chemicals. Establishing a safe workplace can be a large undertaking—having the proper equipment to uphold safety standards and regulations will help prevent employee injury.
The Cost of an Unsafe Workplace
Personal protective equipment can be costly, especially for those companies and organizations with a large number of employees. Below you will find a few examples of common OSHA violations:
The costs for noncompliance are steep, and the costs of criminal convictions for willful violations can put companies and organizations out of business in some cases. Employers should take steps to create a safer work environment with the proper personal protective equipment rather than spending larger sums of money on violations.
Selecting the Proper PPE to Reduce Workplace Hazards
The use of PPE minimizes one’s exposure to chemicals, electricity, and other potential workplace hazards. PPE can include gloves, safety glasses, coveralls, face masks, hair nets, shoe covers, and more. All PPE must be properly fitted for work to ensure not only comfort but also safety. The use of poorly fitted PPE can lead to workplace illness or injury, as it puts employees at risk.
Establishing a program for compliance is a great way for employers to ensure PPE is being properly used and worn throughout the workplace. Just providing the equipment is not enough to keep your employees safe. A strong program addresses the existing workplace hazards in addition to training employees when PPE is necessary, the types needed, as well as how to properly wear and remove it.