Are you looking for new ways to improve safety practices at work but don’t know where to begin? Are you perplexed as to what simple changes you can take to produce effects? The good news is there are many initiatives you can take to drive safety practices in the workplace today. The workplace offers new dangers on a day-to-day basis and thus many are forced to innovate new ways to safe. Here is a comprehensive guide on how you can get started, right now.
Here are five actual steps that anyone can take to improve safety practices at work:
Education is always key and safety training is paramount in the kitchen. These regimes aid personnel in becoming more adaptive and situationally aware. In the foodservice industry, this is especially the case with some of the exotic ingredients and substances used in this discipline. As a result of an increase in safety training, there is a decrease the likelihood of incidents. It’s simple, less accidents means less injuries and thus the overall safety of the workplace multiplies. Furthermore, there are less liability costs and down-time which means you can focus your assets on profits. Training also increases efficiency and productivity.
In the case of a spill of hazardous materials, personal protective equipment is a necessary tool to prevent exposure. In addition to PPE, introducing spill kits can also mitigate a potential calamity. Used in conjunction with fire prevention and extinguishment devices, spill kits can stop the spread of contaminants that can produce a wide range of disastrous effects. Investment in these articles is a great practice to undertake if it hasn’t been already.
Accountability promotes vigilance in the event of an emergency. This is one of the oldest and more proven safety practices. In the food service industry, a chain of command is paramount to establishing order in the kitchen given the fact employees will be using live fire and flammable ingredients throughout the course of operation. Accountability systems aid in the implementation of response plans and a team-oriented initiative to safeguard the welfare of all.
Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for the National Forklift Exchange. He also sits on the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) Executive Dialogue team. Follow him on Twitter at @TomReddon.