Avoid These 4 Mistakes When Creating a Work Safety Checklist

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Creating a job hazard analysis checklist can foster a successful health and safety system within your facility. Because every business has risks, every business can benefit from limiting risk. But what are the key components that make up a robust workplace safety checklist? While every workplace or industry has its own set of hazards, health and safety professionals should be able to identify the specific needs and appropriate processes to comply with safety standards. When thinking about safety hazards, the most obvious ones come to mind—dangerous accidents, slip, trips, falls, and exposure to workplace hazards. Below, the experts at RiskLimiter highlight four more problem areas that professionals often forget when creating a workplace safety checklist. 

General Safety Mistakes in the Workplace

A well-considered safety plan is the starting point for an effective safety management system. In fact, employees are shown to be more productive in an environment committed to health and safety. When looking for the best ways to improve safety in the workplace, your checklist should support consistency, awareness, and compliance. Unfortunately, in many workplaces, their safety plan is lacking—it might be missing relevant information, assembled incorrectly, or it is too generic. With this in mind, here are four mistakes to avoid when creating your job hazard analysis checklist. 

Inadequate Training

When onboarding new staff members, employers want to make this process as efficient as possible. The faster an employee is trained, the sooner they can become a productive contributor to the company. Because of this, employers may expedite training. While this seems appealing, it is often a mistake that can lead to disastrous accidents and costly repairs. Detailed and thorough training can equip a new employee with the correct knowledge to prevent workplace mistakes. 

Devalue the Importance of Supporting Evidence 

Supporting evidence is essential when reporting workplace incidents. It can help clarify and capture the cause of the accident and prevent similar happenings in the future. Many businesses fail to incorporate such interventions and policies. Effective tools, like RiskLimiter Reporter, can help organizations quickly, easily, and accurately record and respond to every accident in a standardized manner. If a lawsuit occurs, the detailed documentation provided by RiskLimiter Reporter becomes a valuable asset. 

Neglecting Maintenance and Regular Inspections

One of the most general safety mistakes in the workplace involves routine maintenance and inspections. Many health and safety incidents arise from unmaintained, damaged, out-of-date equipment. Delaying routine maintenance and regular inspections can hurt an organization’s reputation and be deadly for employees. Building regularly scheduled maintenance into your safety management plan can prevent loss of productivity, revenue, and significant safety hazards. 

Failure to Use Proper Tools

Whether you manage a commercial kitchen or are the owner of a chain of hotel venues, you know the importance of having the appropriate tools to operate your business successfully. Tools like Inspector, Food Safety, and Reporter can help you create a safer facility and provide irrefutable proof if an accident happens. 

Improving Safety in the Workplace with RiskLimiter 

The workplace can be a dangerous environment. When you partner with RiskLimiter, we combine innovative technology with easy-to-use apps so your business can easily monitor and record the conditions of your workplace. With RiskLimiter and our reliable risk management tools, you can limit risk and prevent accidents at your facility. Contact us today to schedule a demo.