There are probably a few things happening in your warehouse right now that are putting safety in jeopardy and increasing the risk of forklift impacts.
This is why OSHA has created Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep workers safe. The year’s event is August 12th – August 16th.
These types of programs serve as both educational tools as well as reminders. They proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line.
There is much to be gained from your enterprise’s participation in Safe + Sound Week.
- Use it to help get your safety program started or to energize an existing program.
- Use it to provide opportunities to recognize successful company safety practices.
Last year, more than 2,700 businesses participated in this annual event and helped raise awareness about workers’ health and safety! It doesn’t matter the size of your business or what services you provide, all organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety are welcome to participate.
What can you gain from Safe + Sound Week?
Safety is one of the biggest, most costly concerns that warehouses and distribution centers face each day. OSHA violations can also deeply impact your bottom line. OHSA citations carry financial penalties up to $7,000 for non-serious violations and up to $70,000 for repeat offenders. Simply put, safety programs save money and lives.
Top management can demonstrate its commitment to safety in many different ways, too, including:
- Developing and communicating a safety and health policy
- Providing the resources needed to implement and operate the program
- Factoring safety and health into operational planning and decisions
- Recognizing or rewarding safety and health contributions and achievements
- Leading by example by practicing safe behaviors and making safety part of daily conversations
Managing a successful safety program can be difficult. You may think you’re compliant with regulations, but there is more you can do.
- Complete a site assessment to break down the hazards contributing to incidents. These hazards can be difficult to identify.
- Break out of the safety routine, and get employees involved in the development and reinforcement of your program. Create teams that compete on their knowledge of forklifts and safety.
- Using telematic data on the 5 whys (who, what, where, when and why) when a violation happens allows you to prevent a repeat incident. Telematics digs down to the root cause to identify proactive changes.
Many organizations reduce injuries and improve safety by participating in programs like Safe + Sound Week and by using a telematics platform to ensure that safety checklists and protocols are followed, disabled equipment is locked, and driver behavior is monitored.