Many workplace injuries occur because new employees are simply not aware of the hazards associated with their new job. These types of injuries are needless and costly.
There are simple techniques you can use to help new employees avoid injuries:
- Develop a job description for each of your company’s positions. Use that description to advertise, screen and select the right person for the job.
- Complete a “job hazard and control analysis” (Job Hazard Analysis Form) for each of your company’s jobs. This is much simpler than it may sound.Either observe someone doing the job, or if it is a new position outline the job steps.For each step or task, ask yourself how a specific activity could injure your employee.
- Once you understand the job’s hazards, ask yourself what controls are necessary to prevent or reduce the chance of injury.Finally, document in detail the job’s tasks, hazards and safety controls.