Unfortunately, workplace accidents occur all too frequently and have a significant impact, with more than two million workers per year sustaining injuries so severe that they are unable return to their jobs and require ongoing medical care. As an employer or manager, it is essential to ensure your employees are kept safe from any dangers.

Promoting active participation in safety protocols is essential to the prevention of workplace accidents. The following five best practices outlined below can be implemented in the workplace to ensure maximum safety:

Avoiding Shortcuts & Negligence:

While it is understandable to want to complete tasks quickly, it is important not to overlook safety protocols. It is crucial to follow instructions and remain aware of one’s surroundings. Any uncertainties or confusion must be addressed before starting any work.

Safety In Transit:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In 2021, there were 1,982 transportation fatalities – 1,253 were related to roadway incidents and 201 were from non-roadway incidents involving a motorized vehicle, while 337 were pedestrian-related. As roadways are open environments, employers can safeguard their workers by:

  • Establishing and enforcing safe driver policies
  • Managing their fleet through a structured maintenance program
  • Providing training to workers operating specialized vehicles/equipment
  • Verifying workers possess valid driver’s licenses according to the vehicle classification
  • Implementing a safety inspection checklist as part of their daily routine
  • Mandating the use of seatbelts

Addressing Extreme Weather Conditions:

Both hot and cold temperatures both present dangers. In cold temperatures, it is advisable to dress in layers, and protect the head, feet, hands, and face as these areas are particularly susceptible to frostbite. It is recommended to have spare clothes at work in case any become wet. To combat hot temperatures, dress in loose fitting clothing, take regular breaks, and stay adequately hydrated. In extreme heat situations, employees should ensure proper ventilation and airflow.


Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical for preventing injuries. This includes wearing goggles and face protection from flying particles, chemicals or caustic liquids, gloves to prevent cuts and scrapes, hard hats for protection from falling objects, safety shoes, and earmuffs or earplugs to avoid hearing damage in noisy environments. To ensure proper usage of PPE, provide employees with the relevant training.

Maintaining a Safe Working Environment:

Maintaining good housekeeping is just as important as personal hygiene when it comes to accident prevention. Neglecting paper, debris, clutter, and spills can lead to more serious health and safety hazards. It is vital to keep the workspace organized, be mindful of slip and trip hazards, and regularly remove waste and fire hazards. Additionally, employers should consult OSHA’s Good Housekeeping in Industry guide for a checklist and guidelines on maintaining an effective housekeeping campaign.

Establishing a robust accident prevention program that incorporates these practices and instills a culture of safety among employees is fundamental to creating a secure working environment. As an employer, it is essential to create an atmosphere where employees feel comfortable voicing safety concerns or identifying potential hazards.

Arbill’s EH&S Consulting & Training ensures compliance with all safety standards within your organization and provides comprehensive education to employees in maintaining such compliance. Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of your business, offering end-to-end safety solutions that yield maximum return on investment.

For more information on our Truline collection of safety products or the Environment Health & Safety (EH&S) Consulting and Training we offer, please visit Arbill online or call 800-523-5367 to speak with one of our safety advisors.

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