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Monday, January 23, 2012

Top Five Safety Resolutions for 2012

In 2010, more than 3.9 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported, many of which were preventable. No significant changes to these statistics are expected for 2011. With the new year now in full swing, Cintas Corporation, a supplier of first-aid and safety products, today identified the top five safety resolutions for 2012 to help safety professionals improve the health and wellness of their workplace.

"Workplace accidents result in lost productivity and excessive injury costs, directly impacting both workers and a business' success," said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, First Aid & Safety, Cintas. "Following these resolutions will enable safety professionals to take their business beyond compliance and build a safer work environment in 2012."

The top safety resolutions for 2012 include:

-- Perform regular audits of workplace safety initiatives: Benchmark safety programs to establish a baseline of performance. Once this has occurred, regularly audit the program to ensure it is working. Solicit feedback from employees and work with third-party organizations to pinpoint areas that work well and/or need improvement.

-- Set a zero-injury goal: Studies show that workplaces with higher employee engagement programs are less likely to have accidents and that reducing the frequency of incidents allows worker productivity to remain high. To achieve a culture of safety, create prevention programs that exceed compliance regulations. Engage employees in the safety process by having them lead committees and facilitate safety audits.

-- Offer training classes that engage employees: Blended training programs that incorporate adult learning principles with traditional and technology-mediated learning is more likely to capture the attention of employees, and in turn, be more successful. In addition to adjusting meeting formats, focus the content of safety meetings on topics of interest to employees.

-- Raise awareness of leading causes of workplace injuries: Overexertion from excessive lifting, falling objects and slip and fall injuries are among the most common reported workplace incidents. Ensure that employees understand the conditions that lead to common injuries and the potential hazards associated with not following protocol. For example, to reduce slip and fall incidents, train personnel to clear excess liquid and objects from the floors immediately.

-- Implement a first-aid cabinet: Having a first-aid cabinet in the workplace ensures emergency response can occur quickly in the event of an injury or illness. Cabinets provide a centralized location for bandages, aspirin and antibiotic ointment so employees know where to go should an accident occur. This also makes it easier to maintain inventory and keep track of items that need restocking.

"By developing engaging training programs and implementing attainable goals, safety professionals can create a safe work environment that protects workers and the company's bottom line," added Lally. "A successful workplace is one that views safety as a top priority year after year."

For more information on Cintas first-aid and safety products, go to http://www.cintas.com/FirstAidSafety/.

About Cintas

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Workers might not always identify the value of safety training or consider it unnecessary simply because they’ve “was doing it for years.” But an essential benefit of regular safety training may be the reminder that a danger is present and we’re not immune to accidents.

9:18 AM  
Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

Good suggestions. These are basics we all need to pay attention to. I'd like to add that we need to be sure all injuries are being reported. Sometimes our employees think they hurt our safety record if they report an injury. We need to make it clear to employees that reporting all injuries is more important than an unblemished safety record. If we are going to do a better job with safety, we need to know what's happening.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a resolution to pay extra attention to areas OSHA has identified as frequently causing injuries such as falls? Maybe a monthly safety walkthrough to identify fall hazards.

5:17 AM  

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