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Ensure Workplace Safety: OSHA Hazard Assessment Checklist

A safe and healthful workplace enables your employees to perform their tasks comfortably without worrying about their safety. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide their workers with a safe work environment. Having a proactive approach in place allows the management to address and resolve potential hazards before they turn into major problems that could result in workplace accidents, injuries, and even death. A regular safety inspection and whmis training helps ensure a hazard-free workplace.

Check out this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hazard assessment checklist to ensure that you are following the correct policies and procedures:

  • Workplace Layout – Disorganized and untidy workplaces create all sorts of hazards, such as slip-and-fall, which often result in bruising and bone fractures. Keep the working space neat and tidy. Use warning signage to prevent a potential accident (slippery floors).

Do a routine check and maintenance for all tools and equipment to ensure that they are safe to use. Check the storage area if the boxes are properly stacked in a safe manner. Review safe work procedures. Train workers the proper way to lift heavy goods to prevent injury. Provide a map showing the fire exit and instruct your employees where to go in case of an emergency.

  • Environment – Conduct a thorough inspection of the workplace environment to ensure the safety and comfort of your employees. Workplace temperature should be comfortable. Using a quality and well-maintained HVAC helps regulate the indoor temperature to ensure the workspace is neither too cold nor too hot.

Install a proper lighting system in your facility. It should not too be too bright or too dim to prevent eyestrain and help employees carry out their tasks with ease. The workplace should have sufficient ventilation to allow fresh air to circulate properly.

  • Emergency Procedures – A clear emergency procedure should be in place and followed by all employers. Provide a clear direction of exits and designated assembly areas in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation. The safety procedure should be up-to-date and correct. Provide functional emergency equipment including fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems.
  • Employee Training – Proper employee training helps reduce the risk of a potential work-related injury. Distribute written safe work procedures and instructions to every employee so that they can refer to the information if they are unsure of their tasks. Have someone to supervise your employees to ensure safe and proper job procedure. Also, provide first-aid training so that your employees know the appropriately respond to emergency situations (assess and treat injured colleagues). Check first-aid kits if they are well-stocked. Not providing the appropriate training can endanger employee safety.
  • Workstations – Ergonomically-designed workstations meet the physical and occupational needs of your employees. Height-adjustable chairs and desks enable proper posture of your employees (sitting with both feet on the ground, elbows and feet bent at a 90-degree angle. Encourage employees to take a break to reduce the likelihood of repetitive strain injury.

Workplace safety should be highly prioritized; it should be equally important as customer service, financial planning, and inventory control. A commitment to safety and health makes good business sense because it ensures the protection of your business’ lifeblood – your employees.