What is workplace safety procedures?

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Safety Procedures

The safety procedures in the workplace are designed to keep employees, customers, and visitors safe from accidents and hazards. It is the sole responsibility of company management to ensure the safety of workers and their clients.

This can be achieved by preparing safety program, effective PPE program and by making safety procedures for all high risk tasks to be a guide for all workers to keep them safe.

What Are Workplace Safety Procedures? 

We can define the safety procedures in the workplace as any standardized processes to operate the daily tasks with minimum risk of employees, visitors, or other people in the workplace. This includes work-related tasks that address safety concerns, safety equipment, and work-area precautions.

Why is safety procedure important?

  • The success of organizations is measured by how consistently the occupational safety procedures are followed. Thus, it is necessary to empower employees in the organization with the tools, knowledge, and skills they need for avoiding potential hazards
  • If A company management takes steps for safety. It helps to reduce the stress of everyone associated within the work area.
  • For workers safety, developing workplace safety procedures, risk assessments of all types of potential hazards and risks are necessary.

Let’s discuss the most common types of risks and their safety-associated safety procedures. 

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There are different types of accidents associated with the workplace. This includes Fire incidents, Slip and Fall Incidents, Accidental machine start, Electrocution, and Chemical Accidents, etc. 

Safety precautions for fire accidents

  • The first safety procedure is to install fire alarms and Smoke detectors.
  • Always check the quality and working conditions of fire extinguishers.
  • Check the visibility and legibility of fireman lift signs.
  • Ensure the functionality of fire hydrants and hose reels.
  • Inspect and clean building ventilation systems.
  • Keep inflammable materials in safe custody and ensure a clean building ventilation system.
  • Proper signs of emergency exits must be displayed.
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits.
  • Electrical cords must be separated instead of daisy-chaining them.
  • All high risk tasks which could cause fire must be done under a supervision of well trained fireman from start to the end.

Safety procedure for slip and Fall Incidents

Slips and falls sometimes result in fatalities. Therefore, proper steps need to be taken to avoid such accidents.

  • Install Slip Signs while Cleaning.
  • Keep the electric cord close while cleaning.
  • Always keep the floor dry.
  • If the floor is wet, put a temporary caution signs to keep every one away of the wet area.
  • Use waterproof anti slip safety shoes and always tie the laces.
  • Ensure proper lighting.
  • Immediately close drawers & cabinets after use

  Safety Procedures for Accidental Machine Start-Ups

During the maintenance service machine accidentally starts, which may cause accidents. Therefore safety precautions are needed every time.

  • Ensure that all employees have the information of maintenance work.
  • Ensure that all workers have and use the proper PPE.
  • Always prepare all required spare parts and items needed for the job before staring work.
  • Shut down and Lock the device before start maintenance.
  • Disconnect the primary and Secondary energy sources from the devise.
  • Use LOTO system for isolating electrical power.
  • After the maintenance complete, only authorized persons unlock the devices.
  • Make sure all tools are taken away in safe place.
  • Make sure all workers are away before energizing the equipment again.
  • The same procedure may be followed for electrocution.

Safety Procedures for Chemical Accidents

Another type of hazard is chemical accidents, around 32 million workers are exposed to the chemical in the organization. Therefore, take precautionary steps to avoid accidents.

  • Always store chemicals in safe custody and out of the reach of employees. Authorize people may have access.
  • Label every chemical product and also inform about the side effects.
  • Use protective equipment while handling chemicals.
  • Do not mix up chemicals and always store them in their original packaging.
  • Ensure the availability of first aid kits.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) to be put on all type of chemicals