We all know to be mindful of blind spots while driving, and many of us double-check to ensure there are no cars next to us when merging into a lane. However, were you aware that blind spots can also exist in the office, warehouse, or factory?
Depending on the layout of your space, there may be intersections or hallways that make it difficult to know what is around the corner. In settings where heavy machinery and equipment are being used, this can pose an extreme danger and lead to accidents or injuries.
So, how can you ensure the safety of your employees?
To keep your employees safe, it is crucial to provide proper visibility. Some ways to enhance visibility include adequate lighting, signage, and warning sounds. One of the most effective approaches is strategically positioning mirrors throughout your workplace. Mirrors on roads or at intersections help us see potential traffic when there may be a blind spot. Similarly, mirrors in the workplace can assist employees in identifying anything or anyone coming around the corner and enable them to take necessary precautions.
While it is not mandatory, OSHA and insurance companies highly recommend placing mirrors correctly in your facility, particularly in areas involving heavy machinery operators (such as forklifts), for the operator’s safety and that of those working around them.
Most facilities have some mirrors in place, but simply scattering a few mirrors is insufficient. It is important to collaborate with a professional who can inspect your facility, provide a report identifying problem areas, and suggest ways you can improve.
When it comes to mirror placement and selection, there are two main types commonly used: convex mirrors (for specific angles) and mirrored domes (providing a view in each direction). Both these mirrors offer one foot of viewing distance for every inch of mirror diameter.
Additional methods to enhance visibility include:
- Slogan or signage mirrors that display a customized message, such as a safety reminder or warning about hazards
- Lights and reflective surfaces/stripes to illuminate areas, such as the darker zones of a warehouse
- Warning sounds to indicate the presence of a vehicle or the activation/movement of a vehicle/machine.
The workplace harbors many dangers, and increased visibility can help employees identify and be more aware of existing blind spots. Taking the initial step towards creating a safer workplace involves working with a professional to assess your facility and receive suitable recommendations for products.
Speak to an Arbill Safety Advisor to schedule a site assessment to understand where you may have gaps in your workplace.