13 Jun

2018

7 Common Workplace Safety Hazards

posted by: Karen Spottiswood

National Safety Council consultants identify what they see repeatedly when auditing worksites

The National Safety Council (NSC) employs a team of consultants who visit worksites to conduct safety audits.  The consultants found that seven workplace safety hazards are still far too common and continue to put workers at risk every day.

Hazards Include:

  • People working at height
  • Cluttered workspaces/lack of sanitation
  • Improper use of extension cords
  • Forklift operations
  • Failure to control hazardous energy with lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures
  • Insufficient control systems for chemicals
  • Work in confined spaces

There are obviously many hazards not included on the NSC list. Every workplace is unique and presents its own challenges to keeping workers safe.  Preventing accidents requires creating a culture of safety in your organization. How do you do that? According to NSC, there are four main ways employers can strive to make a workplace safer:

  1. Personal protective equipment (PPE): when PPE is necessary, employers need to provide the right type and size, as well as to train workers on how to properly use and remove it – it also needs to be taken care of and stored correctly;
  2. Training: safety training is crucial and varies depending on a worker’s responsibilities and role. Training needs to include occupational safety, health and hazard recognition. Supervisors should always monitor workers to make sure they’re acting according to their training;
  3. Culture: Supervisors need to be role models for employees and should ensure that workers are comfortable reporting hazards and do so without fear of retaliation. It is important for workers to know that management takes their safety seriously, and:
  4. Resources: Employers need to invest in the proper PPE for workers as well as taking part in relevant safety training.

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