Safety training at the workplace can help minimize and even prevent accidents that can cause injury and even death. There are many factors that can lead to work site mishaps but employee carelessness is high on the list of factors. In many cases employee ignorance of safety rules resulted in accidents that could have been prevented.
There are other factors involved in work area accidents such as faults with mechanical equipment and power failures but human error, on the part of employees, is one of the primary factors. This is why if employers and business owners want to limit the incidence of work site accidents they should consider having regular safety training sessions. Employees who are trained in accident prevention are better prepared to deal with the everyday risks that are found on many work sites.
Employees who are trained in accident prevention will be able to handle work site risks and crises in a controlled and confident manner because they know what to do in case of an emergency or other work site hazard. Even if an accident does take place trained workers will be prepared to handle the situation and limit the severity of the damage. No matter how comprehensive an accident prevention session is it will not prepare workers for every conceivable hazard.
However, trained workers are better prepared to handle emergencies on the work site. Untrained workers, those who have no accident prevention education, can actually exacerbate a dangerous work site situation because they have no idea as how to respond to an accident or emergency situation on the work site. Accident prevention sessions are not only crucial for employees but also for employers. If employers have a good understanding of accident prevention rules employers are able to help keep the work site accident free so employers should also participate in the safety sessions.
Most workplaces are susceptible to fire emergencies so fire prevention and fire response is a necessary part of disaster prevention sessions. All employees should know how to respond to an accidental fire. Extinguishers should be available in strategic areas of the work area and all employees should know how to operate the extinguishers.
Smoke alarms should be checked on a regular basis to make sure that the alarms are in proper working order and have working batteries. Workers should report faulty smoke alarms immediately to their managers who should then have the alarms repaired or replaced. Keeping the work area safe is a team effort.
If the workplace is located in an earthquake area employees need to know what the procedure is in case of an earthquake. Most companies require that all employees meet in an identified area once it is safe to come out from cover after an earthquake has occurred. When all employees can be accounted for after an earthquake they can be dismissed to go home or back to work depending on the severity of the earthquake. Safety training at workplace is not just for the employees, employers should also participate in the disaster prevention sessions. Employees and employers who are trained in accident prevention are better prepared to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. Those who are trained in accident prevention are better prepared to handle accidents when and if they do they happen.