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How to Maintain a Safe Workplace

Updated on August 25, 2017

Safety First

A Wet Floor sign is a good way to prevent slip and falls. It is commonly used in produce departments and other areas of a grocery store.
A Wet Floor sign is a good way to prevent slip and falls. It is commonly used in produce departments and other areas of a grocery store. | Source
First Aid Kits should always be ready. Always keep them fully stocked with band-aids and antibiotic creme.
First Aid Kits should always be ready. Always keep them fully stocked with band-aids and antibiotic creme.
Do not Block Fire Exits because it is a safety hazard. Also, OSHA will fine the company for every fire exit that is blocked.
Do not Block Fire Exits because it is a safety hazard. Also, OSHA will fine the company for every fire exit that is blocked. | Source
Keep all areas of your work area swept and free from any trash. A push broom is better than a standard household broom because it covers more area at a time.
Keep all areas of your work area swept and free from any trash. A push broom is better than a standard household broom because it covers more area at a time. | Source

Safety Tips

Whether you are working at a major department store or at a small office, it is important to have safety tips in place in case of a spill or an emergency. Every office administrator has a plan for the employees to follow. If or when you start a new job, you will be shown about different hazards in the office and how to be safe in your work area. Always keep the work areas clean, maintained, and free of clutter because, otherwise, you can have injured workers as well as fines from companies such as OSHA and/or The Health Department. It could be both depending on the type of store that you have. Always stay prepared for visits which can occur at any time.

Know where your spill kit is. Every office will have a MSDS book. It is required by OSHA to have one and each employee is supposed to know where it it kept. Check with your manager, so that you know where this important book is kept. You also need to know this information, in case anyone from the Health Department is in your office and asks you. Make sure all associates are aware of this book and any other safety procedures. The last thing you want to tell them is "I don't know." They don't like hearing the words, I don't know.

Keep a broom and dust pan handy, as well as, a mop and bucket. This should be kept in a common area for those small spills. Make sure to have a wet floor sign readily available, for all associates to use when needed. While getting a mop for spills, keep an associate near the spill, while another worker goes to get a mop. It is this great team work that makes the job easier.

It is a good idea to have employees always use drinks with lids. This can help cut down on spills. It sounds crazy but, if you put signs up saying this you would be surprised the effect it could have. If anything spills please wipe it up ASAP and also throw trash away in the proper receptacle. Also, keep plenty of trash cans around so everyone can find one when needed.

If you spill something like a drink, stop to clean it up. You would think that this would be common sense. What would happen though, it would be in a time when you were in a hurry and thought no one was looking. You could just run out and hope that no one saw you in the kitchen last and, act like nothing happened. That is an accident waiting to happen.

One thing to keep handy is a first aid kit. There is a good chance that some point throughout your day a first aid kit may be necessary. Whether it's just some Neosporin that you need or someone needs a Bandaid, it is a good idea that everyone at your work place knows about the first aid kit and where to find it.

Just remember that it is easier to take the time and teach new employees about safety precautions. You never know when you or a fellow employee, may need to step it up, in case of an emergency.

* Please share any advice or tips that you have on safety in the work environment by leaving your opinions in the comments box located at the bottom of this article.

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The Office

Keeping an office clean is going to have most of the same requirements of a department store, but, there will not be as near the amount of employees come in and out of the area.

Keep the office clutter free. Just simple things such as keeping the garbage can tucked out of the way.

Keep fire exits unblocked at all times for safety. The fire marshal can and will shut you down if you violate the fire code.

Keep the trash picked up. You may laugh but, this is a simple and easy way to make sure that accidents are avoided at all.

If you get a lot of packages for the office, have a designated area to put those boxes and don't just leave them in the middle of the floor. Then you can break the boxes down and immediately take them to the dumpster.

Keeping the bathroom facilities clean and smelling fresh gets high marks on my list. The thought of public restrooms is gross enough but, a dirty bathroom is just unacceptable. I would hope that the patron would let a manager know and that the manager would get right on the situation.

Biohazard material must be put in a separate place and clearly marked. Biohazard material has to be disposed of carefully. Biohazard material pick up can cost extra versus rather than regular trash pick up.

Have a fire escape plan in place for the office. If you work as a medical office, then you want to be sure that each patient is out of the rooms and also check the bathrooms. There will be an office administrator to make sure that all employees and patients are accounted for.

Also, great to know is the weather plan. For increment weather what do you do? Where do you go?

Remember that safety is important because we don't want anyone hurt and also the company doesn't want any lawsuits either.


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© 2012 Buster Johnson

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