Fatal work injuries are on the rise, so it’s more important than ever for employers to commit to workplace safety this National Safety Month. It’s not enough to just talk about preventive efforts, though. Employers must take an active approach in preventing injuries and fatalities, particularly for workers who deal with industrial hardware on a daily basis.
What Is National Safety Month?
Each year in June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month. As a leader in workplace safety for over 100 years, they offer free resources—including training and materials—throughout the month to promote workplace protections. This year’s focus areas include emergency preparedness, overall wellness, falls, and driving. National Safety Month is an excellent time for employers to review safety procedures and implement new protocol.
How Can You Create a Safe Workplace & Prevent Injuries?
If your workers handle industrial hardware like pipe fittings, hangers and rollers, air and water regulators, valves, and other custom-machined parts, it’s imperative you take appropriate measures during National Safety Month and beyond to protect them from harm. Below are some steps you can take to create a safe environment and prevent serious injuries:
- Evaluate Existing Procedures: Start by evaluating the procedures you already have in place. Are they sufficient for the work your employees are performing and the industrial hardware they work with on a daily basis?
- Keep Workers Informed: Ensure workers at every level are familiar with existing procedures and any new protocol you implement. To remain in compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), you must inform employees of inherent job risks.
- Provide Ongoing Training: Another OSHA requirement is to provide all employees with appropriate training. Regular, ongoing lessons are the best way to ensure worker safety day in and day out.
- Re-Evaluate Regularly: As your business grows or your use of industrial hardware and other materials changes, your safety procedures may need to change, too. Re-evaluate them regularly to ensure they are meeting your needs and preventing injuries.
While National Safety Month is an ideal time to evaluate and implement safety procedures, it should be an ongoing process. Since 1980, Caylor Industrial Sales, an industrial hardware and custom-machined parts supplier in Dalton, GA, has prided themselves on both their dedication to customer safety and that of their own workers. They have become of the leading suppliers of pipe fittings, water regulators, and industrial valves in the state. For all your industrial hardware needs, call (706) 226-3198 or visit their website for more information.