The holiday season is here, and safety hazards don’t take a vacation. Keeping workers safe is everyone’s responsibility all year long. In a helpful video the US Department of Labor offers nine tips for protecting workers during the holidays. Additionally, OSHA provides resources on their website to help with holiday workplace safety.
Employers must ensure that all workers are trained to recognize and prevent job hazards and implement safe work practices. Making safety a priority begins with excellent training and education. These elements of a strong injury prevention program help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers get hurt. During the holidays, when the number of temporary workers is typically higher, it is important to ensure that new workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work. Evidence shows that those who are new on the job have a higher rate of injuries than more experienced workers.
9 tips to protect workers this holiday season:
provided by the DOL
- Train workers in a language they speak and understand.
- Provide hands-on training on properly using equipment.
- Wear bright, visible clothing for delivery and warehousing workers.
- Proper stack materials and making sure workers stand clear when doors are opened.
- Create a staffing plan that reduces workplace stress.
- Have an emergency plan for crowds.
- Mark entrance and exit locations clearly.
- Encourage workers to report safety and health concerns.
- Remember that seasonal workers have the same rights as full-time workers.
OSHA’s website features guidance for specific industries as well as resources that are applicable to any industry. These include warehousing safety, forklift safety, package delivery, trucking, crowd management, and temporary or seasonal workers. The most important thing to remember is that all employees have the right to a safe workplace and as employers, it is our responsibility to provide that safe workplace.
Proper training is the starting place and at National Safety Compliance, we offer many training courses and resources to help you provide the training needed.