Protect Your Staff From Workplace Violence

Due to the American Constitution, America is the land of “Killing Fields”. Everyday somewhere here in the US we read or hear about School shootings and Workplace violence. Unless there are new laws put into place to protect the American people, employers need to start training their staff on how to protect themselves and their co-workers without the use of another gun.

Here are some tips that may help:

1. Train your managers and staff on how they can prevent issues from arising that could place them in dangerous situations. This could be as simple as knowing and maybe changing the “culture of the” office. Is your agency known to have gossip flowing freely throughout the office?

2. Make sure the employee’s evaluation is objective, honest, has other direct supervisor’s input, and done in a timely manner. This could prevent an angry employee.

3. Be sure to make all employees know how well they are doing on the job, and if they are struggling to fit in, they offer them more training, or support to help them succeed on the job.

4. Are there employees who feel they are being targeted, harassed, or over worked and others aren’t. Is there a “Bully” at your place of business who have not been dealt with? Is there sexual, or racial harassment present?

5. Know your staff and build a relationship with your staff!

6. Develop a plan for “Active Shooter” on site. Where are the nearest exits, who should be a security monitor? This monitor observe all vendors, and staff without frisking them. They are just more aware of who is doing what. Be aware of “the signs” prior to an employee becoming a shooter.

7. What are the key roles of your management team if an active shooter is in your office or building?

8. Are there surveillance cameras on the premises, and do they work?

9. Does each office space have locks so staff can lock themselves in their office until the police arrive?

10. Once police arrive, have staff place their hands in the air or on their heads to indicate they are not a threat.

11. Practice a plan that is best for your agency.

12. Make sure staff knows exactly how to tell the police where they are located or where the shooter is located in your office or building.

Planning and preparing is Key in keeping as many people safe in the workplace.

To your success,

Sharron

Staying Safe Near Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace

Staying Safe near Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace

From cleaning technicians, to construction workers, to teachers, there are a number of work fields that require employees to work with or interact with harmful chemicals on a regular basis. This long term exposure and short term interaction can pose a serious threat to innocent individuals simply trying to make a living. Luckily there are steps you can take to keep safe and avoid illness when working with or near potentially dangerous substances.

Tips for Chemical Use Safety

Chemicals and other hazardous substances can pose a serious threat to the individuals who must work with them as part of their job description. Luckily there are steps you can take as an employee to safely work with potentially unsafe substances while on the job. These include:

  • Never work with a substance before knowing what it is, what it does, and what risks or dangers are associated with the chemical or toxin itself.
  • Only work with hazardous chemicals after proper training and preparation.
  • Always wear appropriate protective gear when handling or working near a hazardous chemical, such as goggles, surgical masks, gloves, aprons, and similar items.
  • When possible, work with potentially harmful chemicals only in the presence of others, that way someone can instantly get help should you be harmed by the substance.

These steps, when followed, can significantly decrease your chances of being involved in a workplace accident concerning chemical exposure.

For More Information

Even when you take steps to stay safe while working, it is possible to fall victim to a serious accident, injury, illness, or even death due to unsafe interactions with hazardous chemicals. When this happens it is important you know your options for compensation.

Farm Safety – Workplace Activity Factors

The nature of farming generates a number of areas of workplace activities that can be inherently more risky than similar activities undertaken in an office or factory environment.

Work hours

The length of hours that someone works on a farm is normally considerably more than those generated by someone working elsewhere. The nature of the work means that it has to be undertaken with a speed and intensity that is spread over many hours. It is not uncommon for people working on a farm to spend between 60 and 80 hours a week working. If someone is a farm owner as well, they will see this not so much as work but as an investment in their family life as well.

Management

On a farm, there is not the traditional split between management and labor that there normally is in a company. This means that often there is no clear management focus on issues affecting health and safety, and there is more of a tendency to blur lines which can result in an increased risk factor, which needs to be managed by all the operatives.

Pace and routine of work

With most jobs, there is some degree of stability in terms of some type of routine and steady pace of work, although this can often be punctuated by extremely busy periods. Farm work is quite different in that there is very often no type of routine at all, and the pace can vary from being very slow to very fast.

The routine on a farm will vary, depending upon the season, the work that needs doing, the weather and how many staff are available to work. Many farms employ seasonal workers, often for specific types of jobs like grape harvesting, or picking corn. Much of the work is only done at certain times of year, often only once or twice a year.

This means that people who work on a farm full-time do not build up the ongoing different levels of experience that they need, and would normally get in other types of job.

Both of these things, the pace and routine of work, can generate a degree of uncertainty and instability, which is manageable from a work point of view, but which by its very nature makes the work more hazardous, and increases the risk that of injury and harm to individuals.

Training

Farming does not really have any formal training as such, most of the learning is done on the job. This was true for many industries up until very recently, but for many of them this has changed considerably in recent times, and training is now seen as something that needs to be delivered formally, aside from the day-to-day nature of the job.

This means that formal training around areas such as safety, fire prevention, manual handling and the like is taught in a classroom type setting, and is normally backed up by a raft of policies and procedures.

Farming does not do this. There may be people who work in the farming industry who have college degrees in different aspects of agriculture and horticulture, but aside from that there will be little formal training. This means there is little structural context for health and safety and risk management, and it is left to individual farms and farm owners to make sure best workplace practice happens.

Technology

Technology is rapidly changing the way farming happens, from the advent of driverless tractors, to the use of drones, to specific weather forecasting to all types of robotic feeding of animals. This use of technology brings with it additional risks, both in terms of the use of the technology itself, and the law of unforeseen consequences.Whilst many people embrace technology, and it can undoubtedly make a huge difference to the nature of farming, there is also a need for it to be managed in a businesslike context, a proper risk assessment done of its benefits and risks, and how its misuse could be seriously damaging.

It is really important in all types of technology, as with a lot of farm and agricultural machinery, that the people using it are of an age appropriate skill level, and where possible, they receive formal training, possibly online, to make sure they use it in a safe and appropriate manner.