Workplace injuries are unfortunately extremely common, averaging 4,600,000 cases a year. The three most common workplace injury events causing employees to miss workdays are overexertion, an injury from contact with objects and equipment, and falls or slips. Implement programs to help prevent workplace injuries and enhance your company’s safety levels with the tips below.
1. Follow Correct Posture
Overexertion accounts for more than 33% of common workplace injuries. This incident often happens when workers are bending or stooping incorrectly to lift or put things down. Employees should keep their backs straight and lift with their legs. This doesn’t just apply to the heavy lifters, either — poor posture can cause back pain and damage even with office workers who spend most of their time at their desks.
2. Be Mindful of Surroundings
The more familiar employees are with the workplace, the less likely they are to trip over objects or hurt themselves on the potential hazards. Remind your employees to stay aware of their surroundings and always look where they’re walking.
3. Institute Regular Breaks
Tired workers make mistakes. If your employees are overworked, they won’t be able to stay as sharp to the potential dangers around them. Make sure your employees are assigned regular breaks, and that they take the amount of time they need to stay fresh. Assign the most difficult tasks to employees early in their shifts when they are at their most alert.
4. Keep a Clean Workspace
More than 25% of workplace injury events are caused by slips, trips and falls. Remove clutter, clean up spills immediately and keep your workspace as organized as possible to decrease the likelihood of workers falling over objects. This rule is especially crucial for emergency exits, which should always be kept totally clear.
5. Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Wearing the right personal protective equipment is one of the most effective ways to reduce workplace injuries. PPE can be broken down into a few different categories:
Work gloves and disposable gloves are valuable for keeping your workers safe from infection, cuts and other abrasions. Work gloves are thick and durable, designed for employees who are handling heavy materials or need a strong grip. Disposable gloves keep a clean environment and protect workers from coming in contact with potentially harmful materials. They’re typically used in the medical, food service and manufacturing industries.
From coveralls and disposable lab coats to durable workwear, protective clothing can be adapted to a range of industries to keep workers safe. Many coveralls are designed to be chemical and flame-resistant for added workplace safety. PalmFlex offers a variety of bestselling coveralls, including the Portwest UBIZ1 Bizweld FR, a flame- and heat-resistant coverall set commonly used for welding. We also provide breathable and fluid-resistant disposable lab coats and other workwear, as well as high-visibility vests and shirts.
Accessories can add an extra layer of protection. Some are typically required in certain workplaces — like hard hats, hearing protection, safety glasses and bouffants. Others might not be mandatory but are helpful in keeping workers safe and comfortable. These include heating or cooling apparel, protective arm sleeves, ear warmers and more. Check out our selection of work accessories to see what you can incorporate into your workplace to improve worker safety.
Enhance Workplace Safety With PalmFlex Personal Protective Equipment
Incorporate the tips above to help minimize the risk of injury in your workplace. If you’re interested in adding high-quality new personal protective equipment to your workplace safety practices, explore our selection and place your order online. Volume discounts are available, along with custom bulk quotes. All orders over $80 also receive free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.