What You Should Know About the Science Behind Reflective Gear

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Fashion can be an odd and sometimes questionable facet of society, especially for those who just don’t get it. At the New York Fashion show just two weeks ago, a Calvin Klein model walked the runway in various renditions of…safety clothes. How that is considered fashion is better left to the industry professionals, but designer Raf Simmons decided it was the perfect platform to express the importance of safety.

While safety clothes and gear are important (and apparently fashionable), it’s probably more important to understand how they work and what you can do to optimize their effectiveness.

Types of Reflective Materials
There are primarily two different types of reflective material that can be found on most safety wear.

  • Micro-Prismatic: This type of reflective gear is actually quite complex and highly effective. A carefully laid out assemblage of tiny reflective prisms are sealed inside a sheet of specialized plastic vinyl. Light passes through the transparent sheet of plastic and hits one side of a prism. It then bounces across to another prism and then back at the source (making a triangle of sorts). This is considered retro-reflective because it focuses the light directly back at the source instead of refracting it to multiple spots.
  • Glass Bead: Commonly found on most safety workwear such as high visibility jackets and vests worn by construction and roadside workers. The tape consists of a multitude of small reflective beads that bounce the light in various directions. This is a popular option because it’s effective, but costs less to make than micro-prism tape, which makes sense when you think about how a construction worker or laborer can walk more than 30,000 steps a day (three times the amount of the average person). So, they probably go through a lot of vests.

Both of these are extremely viable options for increasing visibility, but they have a small downfall: they need light to work. Reflective gear is only effective if there is a light source to reflect, such as car headlights, which for the purposes of many wearers is an adequate source. However, let’s say you’re walking down the side of the road wearing a hi vis hoodie. If a car pulls out adjacent to the road, the lights aren’t hitting the reflective tape and therefore are not reflecting any light back to the driver. They might not see you as they pull onto the road until it’s too late. Wearing neon or bright colors can help make sure you’re seen as well.

When choosing which safety gear to buy — and you definitely should buy safety clothes — make educated decisions based upon how well they’ll perform rather than how they’ll look on a runway.

You’re Hired! Common Sensical Safety Philosophies for New Employees

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It’s not shocking to know that injuries happen most under unfamiliar conditions. The last blog post looked into avoidable injuries caused by being too comfortable with your work environment and growing complacent. We’re going to look at what causes the most problems when you’ve just gotten that new job.

A study in Canada showed that freshly hired employees have over three times the risk of sustaining an injury in their first month on the job. Why is this risk so high? We’ve got some ideas that’ll help keep you sharp and safe from the get-go.

You’ve just been hired and are about to start your first day. Now isn’t the time to be prideful, but to watch, listen, and learn. There’s a training period because you don’t know what you’re doing yet. Yes, you were hired for your experience and skill set, but you didn’t have that experience in this new environment, so you must learn new terrain both conceptually and literally. Pride has no place in the learning process.

It’s tough to check pride at the door, but it’s not your job to impress people. Yes, it’s a natural human drive to want to look good for others, but it’s even better to do a job well than with a watch what I can do attitude. Focus your energy on the work, not on observing peoples’ reactions to your work. Remember that you work with a team, so fight the temptation to do things alone. Ask for help. Injury most commonly happens when individuals try to be a one-person team when jobs are meant to be done together.

On top of seeking validation is the penchant to overwork yourself with the goal of looking highly productive. Strain, burnout, and diminished work quality are all results of this perceived image booster. Speaking of image, safety shirts, reflective vests, workwear, and the many different types of safety clothing are there to keep you safe, seen, warm, etc. Start on the right foot by not neglecting these items, they serve an important purpose.

Starting a new job can be intimidating. When you’re joining a new team, make a concerted effort to banish pride, listen and learn, and actively be a part of your workplace microcosm, from wearing your safety shirts to training to happy hour. A threefold cord is not easily broken, so it is concerning keeping safe in a new job. Many hands make light and safe work.

Work Safety and Avoidable Injuries Among Young Workers

reflective windbreaker jacketIt’s no secret that adolescents and younger people have a more cavalier attitude regarding safety. Youth sometimes breeds an attitude that puts safety on the back burner and leaves them open to injuries, short term and long term, that are completely avoidable. They’ll wear a reflective windbreaker jacket to an 80s party, but not when needing to stay visible by heavy machine operators. What gives?

In 2014, adolescents ages 16 to 19 were out of work an average of four days following a work injury. Every worker needs to watch out for their own physical safety, but there are some injuries that afflict younger workers more than their older counterparts. If you’ve got a spritely youth on your team these are some helpful safety reminders to pester them with (they might roll their eyes, but they’ll be thankful in the long run, we promise).

  • Yes, it’s loud: This will sound funny, but noise is a silent killer. Most barely notice the effect of consistent noise. This constant noise leaves the ears vulnerable to louder sounds that might not seem so loud, comparatively. Hearing protection is essential to stopping hearing damage and/or loss later on.
  • Muscle strain is realMany physically taxing jobs have younger employees that insist on being the most physically active in the crew. More young workers strain muscles they didn’t know were strainable simply by going through motions recklessly at an unnecessary speed. The job is still going to be there, so don’t break your back lifting your own hubris.
  • Just wear it: Safety uniforms and workwear aren’t usually the most stylish pieces of apparel. Again, safety gets tossed into the wind when haphazardly performing tasks deemed trivial or skipping out on wearing safety clothing for jobs performed hundreds of times. This is where injury thrives; don’t fall victim to the thought of abandoning safety workwear because a job seems menial.

Workplace safety boils down to taking things slowly and analyzing potentially dangerous situations. It’s easy to fall into a routine and lose track of the safety lessons from your first week. Obviously, it’s nothing against younger workers, but they’re more likely to sustain injuries that could’ve been avoided by a brief consideration of risk level. If you’re thinking you look Marty McFly in your reflective windbreaker jacket, think about wearing something equally safe on the construction site. You’ll thank yourself when you come back from the future.

Three Completely Avoidable Workplace Injuries

types of safety clothingWe’re not saying most human beings are absent-minded or situationally clueless, but once we’re in a comfy groove, we can certainly become complacent. This is true of the workplace where week in and week out, you’re there for hours on end completing tasks you’re usually quite familiar with.

In that familiar work environment, not paying as detailed attention to your surroundings as you might’ve initially is a breeding ground for accidental injury. We want to keep you safe out there, so here are some common injuries that happen day to day at work and how to stay away from them.

Repetitive strain
At work, we often get into repetitious routines. Sometimes these routines aren’t even physically strenuous (in the traditional sense). Other times they are. The injury bearing common denominator is that anything physically repetitive will strain certain muscle groups, this happens more when the activity is physically demanding and workers become complacent (lazily lifting things the wrong way, for instance). It might sound strange, but types of safety clothing and accessories like back braces, heavy duty gloves, computer glasses, ergonomic chairs, etc. are all small pieces that can reduce the impact of repetitive strain.

Loud noise
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health did a study that showed the maximum exposure time to sound beyond 85 decibels should be limited to eight hours. Incorporating ear protection in safety workwear is vital to keeping your hearing health unharmed. This may not seem like it applies to many jobs, but even a lower decibel level of constant background noise can have detrimental effects on hearing.

Vehicle collisions
Large commercial vehicles, construction trucks, forklifts, golf carts, you name it. Any job that involves vehicles, no matter the size or purpose, shares vehicle-related injuries. On worksites, varying types of safety clothing should be worn to ensure that the drivers of some of these vehicles can see you. Of course, safety clothes do not replace paying attention to your surroundings, but any type of safety uniform will ease visibility and potentially keep you out of unnecessary danger.

Work is tough on the body! We already know that after a long day, nothing feels quite as nice as the couch. What we don’t want to see is you getting hurt from the tasks you’re performing day to day. Get up, stretch out, stay visible, and pay attention. We’re looking out for you, just make sure you are, too!

3 Recreational Activities that Warrant High Visibility Clothing

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The world is a dangerous place. Between work and play, as resilient as human beings are, we’re pretty injury prone. Allow an example:

Whilst driving along you may see a team of construction workers or a crossing guard when school is letting out for the day. They’re usually (if not always) wearing high visibility clothing like a fluorescent vest or any manner of safety workwear. The point is, it’s easily seen. In 2015, it was estimated that there were 4,836 accidental work-related deaths. That’s 13 daily.

It’s a tragic, sobering statistic. There will always be accidents, whether at work or not. We’re here to help bring a mindset of safety to you, be it while on the construction site or taking a bike ride. Most focus is applied to workplace safety, but what about when you’re off the clock? Here are some common leisure activities that call for safety hoodies and other forms of high vis clothing.

Running and Biking
The ubiquitous orange safety vest is often associated with outdoor work. The same should be done with outdoor exercising, especially in congested areas with automobile traffic. Running and biking are particularly hazardous in faster moving urban areas but should be treated with the same amount of caution wherever they’re being done.

The amount of high visibility workout apparel is encouraging. Stylish safety sweatshirts, rain jackets, bike helmets, and more give options to help you stay as visible as a traffic cone — only much better looking. For the fashion conscious cyclist, you can even purchase hipster-approved safety hoodies before your next ride.

Hiking and Snowsports
While winter is in full swing, many people like to get on the slopes, snowshoes, cross-country skis, or just take a relaxing winter stroll. On the ski mountain, it’s recommended to wear more visible clothing as goggles sometimes have a tendency to obscure plainer colors. Contrasting against snow and trees is essential to staying away from collisions with other riders, which is why high vis clothing is so common on the ski slopes.

Many hiking trails share the road with snowmobiles and ATVs in the winter (as well as the summer). As it gets chillier, your group should add safety sweatshirts to their outfits. Staying visible to fast-moving vehicles in any season should absolutely be a part of your hiking uniform. Just because you’re off the road or sidewalk doesn’t mean abandoning trail safety. However, being visible will not stop you from running into trees. Gravity can be a brute.

Late fall into early winter, hunting seasons for various wild game animals are open. Every year there are tragic stories of people being mistakenly killed. You should never shoot at something you can’t fully identify, but the reason the hunter’s blaze orange exists is to make yourself visible to other hunters.

This can similarly be applied to hiking. If you’re hiking outdoors and it is hunting season, extra caution should be taken. If you aren’t a hunter at all, remember that in your woodland hike, being distinctly visible will keep you safe and not mistaken for an animal. Last we checked, animals don’t wear orange or neon green.

Let’s avoid injury and accidents this new year. Whether safety sweatshirts while going on a bike ride or high visibility workwear at the construction site, keep yourself seen and keep yourself safe. Work hard, play hard, but stay bright and pay attention.

The Rise Of Smart Technology Within The Construction Industry

Keep Reading To Discover Six Pieces Of Tech Enhancing The Construction Industry

Construction is an ever-relevant industry that is constantly evolving. As market demands change, construction professionals adjust their best practices and tools to best meet the needs of their clients. But sometimes technology itself leads the way.

“There’s a lot of buzz these days about drones, 3D printing and robots,” Mike Kavis writes in Forbes. “It’s easy to brush these technologies off as fads or luxuries until you understand some of the use cases that are being applied by integrating these emerging technologies. As each one matures, we are getting much closer to a world where structures can be built completely automated and unmanned.”

While these smart technologies may seem like the works of SciFi movies and futuristic daydreams, we are closer than ever to full implementation of these tools. And for good reason. Much of the latest construction technology is aimed at safety and efficiency. Some of the best industry trends will eventually turn into best practices, building a more sustainable and efficient construction industry for the future.

Construction Safety: A Driver Of Technology

For nearly all of contemporary history, construction has remained one of the most deadly professions in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found in their Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report that there were 937 construction worker deaths in 2015.

And many of these fatalities could have been prevented.

The latest construction inventions can help reduce these dangers. With smart technology, crews can reduce human participation in dangerous inspection and other tasks. This could ensure that the human workers are entering a site only when it is safe to do so, reducing the likelihood of accidents. And then the technology can record this for future reference.

“Inspection recording has always been a good way of helping with the safety of construction sites,” according to Construction Review Online. “Being sure that everything is up to par is key to safety. Technology can specifically help out the inspection recording process in a few different ways. It improves inspectors’ reports through mobile access to project information and provides the full project team instant access to the most up-to-date project data.”

This streamlining of data collection can also save companies money. In fact, the World Economic Forum reports that these new technologies could reduce lifecycle costs of a project by 20%. They will also improve completion time and quality, adding to the prospects of this industry disruption.

“The construction industry is being disrupted and we are still in the very early stages,” Kavis writes. “The rates of innovation in a number of technologies have enabled pioneers in the construction industry to leverage technology to radically change business models for erecting large buildings and structures.”

As these machines go through development, testing, and implementation, we could see a massive shift in the way we view construction safety and efficiency.

6 Pieces Of Tech Enhancing The Construction Industry

So, what exactly are these groundbreaking technologies? While each sector of the industry is developing its own set of impressive gadgets, big and small, there are some that stand out. The following are some of the most significant pieces of tech currently emerging in the construction field.

1.Backup Cameras

As construction vehicles and other pieces of heavy equipment move around a site, it can be difficult for the operator to spot crew members in harm’s way. This makes being struck by vehicles, heavy equipment, and other objects the second leading cause of death among construction workers.
Backup cameras can dramatically reduce this risk. In fact, these small additions provide a 115-degree view behind the vehicle. And as the vehicle moves, the camera records. This provides a concrete piece of evidence in the event of an accident, increasing driver accountability and eliminating reliance on eyewitness accounts.

2. Drones
These flying pieces of tech have taken several industries by storm, offering a bird’s eye view while humans remain safely on the ground. While drones offer stunning images and interesting news footage, they also have useful construction applications. Construction managers can implement this technology to inspect a job site from above, spotting potential hazards and monitoring workers.

This potential has increased the demand for drones in construction and other industries. In fact, a new global report predicts that the demand for these flying wonders in real estate and construction will reach $20.5 billion between 2017 and 2025.

3. Wearables

When it comes to worker safety, clothing plays a significant role. With effective safety clothing and wearables, a worker can be as visible and protected as possible. OSHA identifies the most common causes of injuries and fatalities as four categories: falls, struck-by, electrocution, and caught-in/between.

As industry professionals develop more effective wearables, workers can avoid these accidents. These can include more durable safety vests, custom reflective jackets, hard hats with sensor integration, and wearable GPS systems. These pieces of wearable tech can help workers avoid accidents and can help managers react quickly to remove an employee from a situation.

4. Mobile Apps
Construction? There’s an app for that. Mobile technology has made construction communication and record keeping much simpler than ever before. Tablets and WiFi are becoming more popular on construction sites. Cloud computing also has a growing role in keeping track of important documents.Construction logistics include estimates, invoices, equipment purchasing, design, and data collection from some of the new technologies mentioned above. Mobile apps create an organized place where construction staff and managers can access essential information quickly.

5. Autonomous Tech

Autonomous vehicles and heavy machinery can perform dangerous work without workers being on the ground, as would remote controlled machinery. Companies such as Komatsu and Caterpillar have already developed these technologies, keeping workers out of harm’s way while still getting these dangerous jobs done. Shipping ports around the world are already investing heavily in this tech.

One team in Australia is currently putting these tools into practice. They have 69 autonomous dump trucks on the ground that use GPS technology. A human driver controls the trucks, which reach their destinations more quickly and use less fuel than trucks with human drivers.

6. Virtual Reality
Imagine stepping inside your own design to truly explore its flaws and potential. This takes 3D modeling to a whole new level, allowing architects, engineers, and developers to create their vision on a computer before putting on VR glasses to truly investigate the design.

This technique can be especially useful for highly complex projects, as it allows teams to find errors in the design before construction even begins. This can increase safety and make the building process more efficient. And for construction crews on site, they can use virtual reality helmets to see what they are building as they go.

Yes, the future is here. With the implementation of the above technology, in addition to those that have not even been invented yet, we will see a complete revolution of a time-old industry. From wearable tech to virtual reality, these technologies have the potential to open up a multi-industry solution.

“It’s probably going to take people from outside the construction community, who think completely different than ones who’ve been doing it, and look at the process without any of the hardwired thinking that people who’ve been in the sector can’t help but revert to, and imagine ways of solving problems very differently and generating greater value,” AOL founder and venture capitalist Steve Case said, according to Builder.

This development will involve web developers, construction managers, designers, inventors, and more to create useful and compelling products for a better future. But it will need to be a collaborative process for these technologies to truly take hold in the long run.

By taking this innovation seriously and recruiting the right talent, construction can become a safer and more productive industry with high growth potential. And as with many groundbreaking inventions, it all starts with brilliant ideas that fill a genuine need. From there, construction can continue to drive development for future generations.

Most Important Safety Clothing To Wear On a Roadside Construction Site

hi vis long sleeve shirtsA construction site can be a dangerous place for the untrained, unprotected worker. Without the right training and safety gear, all that heavy machinery and equipment can pose a serious risk. And if the construction site is on the side of a busy highway or road, those risks get amplified considerably.

Yet for all the risks, pavement always needs to be smoothed and flattened, potholes always need to be filled in, and bridges always need to be inspected and repaired. With the number of cars that speed by workers, it can be hard for a driver to notice what is happening. In order for the construction workers to stay safe, there are a few necessary articles of clothing that will help ensure that they don’t get hurt or hit. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important.

For Your Torso

When on a construction site, it’s extremely important to do everything you can do to be seen in any condition. Whether you’re going to be working in the rain, snow, sun or darkness, wearing clothing that can help you be seen from a distance is crucial in preventing injuries. Clothing items such as hi vis long sleeve shirts, hi vis jackets, hi vis rain gear, hi vis button up shirts, or high visibility hooded pullover sweatshirts are great options. Hi vis long sleeve shirts come in fluorescent colors so that anyone driving by can see you from a long distance. The hi vis long sleeve shirts also come with light strips attached that will glow if you’re moving.

For Your Head

Of course, passing vehicles don’t pose the only risk on a roadside construction site; there’s also a lot of heavy equipment around. Wearing a hard hat will help protect your skull if something were to fall on your head. In fact, wearing a hard hat is often a legal requirement for all people working or standing on construction sites. You may also choose to wear earplugs to block out dangerous noise. Hearing loss may be caused by sounds that are louder than 85 decibels, and that hearing loss may be permanent.


Depending on the job and the weather, it’s often suggested that gloves should be worn as well. The gloves may help in preventing injuries such as blisters, cuts, or frostbite if it’s cold outside. However, it all depends on what you will be doing and when you will be doing it.

In order to stay safe on a roadside construction site, it’s important to be protected. Wearing specific things on your body, head, and hands can help prevent any potential injuries, sometimes before they happen in the first place.

Your Guide to High Visibility Clothing Classifications

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Providing a safe working environment for employees in any industry means fully understanding the risks associated with the job. The same is true for employees who require high visibility workwear. Creating safety means more than just selecting a high visibility work vest and calling it a day.

Instead of selecting high visibility safety clothing haphazardly, it’s important to actually understand how each classification relates to the work your employees are doing. Let’s take a good look at what each high visibility classification actually means.

Class One
Safety apparel in this class provides the lowest level of visibility, which means it’s only suitable for off-road work. Also classified as Type O clothing, this apparel provides a limited amount of visibility enhancement in environments that expose workers to on-site traffic, but not to public traffic on roadways. For example, Type O apparel covers those employees who:

  • Retrieve shopping carts from parking lots
  • Spend time around warehouse equipment
  • Work in refineries and mines

Class Two and Class Three
Any employees who work in roadways or public safety require high visibility clothing. But in these cases, Class One clothing isn’t going to cut it. No, in these instances workers should have Class Two or Three clothing. When a worker is exposed to the dangers of public traffic, it’s more important than ever that they be seen. A few professionals who may need Class Two or Three (Type R) high visibility work vests include:

  • Construction workers
  • Crossing guards
  • Airport ground personnel

But Class Two and Three don’t stop there. In addition to being Type R, this apparel can also be considered Type P for public safety workers. Workers in both roadways and public safety may not always have guaranteed access to a safe space. In these situations, visibility is crucial. High visibility hooded sweatshirts, jackets, and vests are all essential pieces of safety apparel here.

Worker safety is of the utmost importance, especially in high traffic and low-visibility conditions. Approximately $70 is spent on individual employee foot protection annually, and even more attention is paid to high visibility work vests and other safety apparel. Make sure you know what class your employees need!

What Body Areas Require High Visibility Gear?

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According to the Institute for Work and Health in Canada, a new employee in their first month of work is three times as likely to suffer an injury on the job. Considering that, it’s crucial for these new employees to know how to protect themselves from the get-go.

Even more importantly, you need to understand how to protect your employees. Do you know the key areas of the body that require high visibility clothing? If you need a refresher, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn more!

Head/Neck Protection
When it comes to protection, the best policy is to start at the top. In this case, we’ll be talking about the head. Let’s take a look at some of the most common safety clothing for head protection:

  • Hard Hats: This is likely the most common form of head protection. Aside from preventing head injuries, this gear is highly visible, no matter the conditions.
  • Neck Shields: This piece of protective clothing may not prevent head injuries, but it can help prevent sunburn and scrapes. This is an excellent option for hot, sunny days.

Chest Protection
This is primarily where safety clothing suppliers come into play. While hard hats may protect the head, these garments make sure that no matter the weather or time of day, workers are seen. One example of high visibility safety clothing is an orange safety vest that you might see a crossing guard wear. This is a fairly standard piece of apparel that safety clothing suppliers carry, and it’s worn in a wide variety of industries. Some other items that contribute to chest protection are:

  • High visibility jackets
  • High visibility sweatshirts
  • High visibility rain jackets

Leg/Foot Protection
Legs and feet are too often overlooked when it comes to high visibility gear. Apparel items like coveralls, pants, boots, and overshoes are all incredibly important when it comes to lower body safety. High visibility pants and shoes should both follow ANSI standards, just like any other piece of high visibility clothing.

Before you can enforce safety on the job, you need to understand it yourself. If you have any more questions regarding high visibility clothing or safety clothing suppliers, don’t hesitate to contact Transportation Safety Apparel.

Workplace Safety: Choosing the Best Approach for Your Business

According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 4,836 employees were killed on the job in 2015. And if workplace safety isn’t prioritized, that number can only grow. Safety and health programs are designed to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Additionally, they avert financial hardships that can be caused by these incidents for employees, their families, and the company.

Many safety programs begin very basic and grow along with the company. According to OSHA, when an employer implements a workplace safety program, it can help their business:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Reduce costs, including workers’ compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business performance
  • Improve compliance with workplace laws and regulations

The Four Approaches to Workplace Safety

No two businesses are exactly alike, meaning no two workplace safety programs should be exactly alike either. While there is a higher concern for safety in fields like construction and manufacturing due to a higher rate of work-related injuries and illnesses, creating and maintaining a safe work environment should always be on the mind of all employers.

Employers need to use their best judgment when it comes to creating a workplace safety program. A safety program should factor in considerations like the type of work and the number of employers. Luckily, there are a number of ways different approaches that employers can choose from when developing a workplace safety program.

The Reactive Approach

The reactive approach is popular among small, localized companies or those employers who are just getting their business up and running. This approach is often used when employers are unsure of any laws and regulations they need to follow. Because of this, the employer is often only able to respond to a workplace safety incident after it occurs. Companies who practice this approach typically exhibit the following features:

  • Minimally established or nonexistent safety programs
  • Insufficient management participation, which leads employees to thinking they don’t have to follow safety regulations either
  • Lack of value in the program leads to limited funding for an effective safety program

The Static Approach

After the reactive approach, most companies usually move up to the static approach. This approach is used by employers who understand the value of safety in the workplace, but don’t consider it a necessary part of their overall business plan. While they have a workplace safety program in place, it’s often used inconsistently and not fully understood by everybody within the business. The static approach usually includes the following characteristics:

  • Informal safety process, with issues only being discussed regarding a recent accident
  • Management focuses on handling safety incidents as they come up, allocating funds only when necessary
  • Lack of efficiency when it comes to addressing safety concerns

The Active Approach

Unfortunately, it usually takes a history of accidents or surprise OSHA inspections for a company to take a more active approach regarding workplace safety. However, once an employer is invested in workplace safety, it’s usually much easier for them to remain invested and continue to grow their accident prevention program. Employers who take an active approach to workplace safety typically show the following:

  • Expectations that employees will address safety concerns in the workplace
  • Management understands and respects the role of safety and allocates the company budget accordingly
  • Employees are given documentation of safety procedures and are expected to follow the rules and regulations according to the company’s process

The Dynamic Approach

The last, and seemingly most effective, approach exists among companies who are fully invested in creating a safe and productive environment for their employees. Not only do companies who practice the dynamic approach take proper steps to prevent workplace incidents, but also they make workplace safety a priority. These businesses show the following qualities:

  • Safety and accident prevention are considered an essential part of the business, as the employer understands that a safe work environment impacts the overall culture of the company
  • Management makes the discussion of safety issues a regular business practice, along with employee training regarding safety hazards
  • Sufficient funds are allocated to safety initiatives, taking into consideration any needs for safety improvements

What Should My Workplace Safety Program Include?

The effectiveness of workplace safety programs and procedures is indisputable. No matter the approach, any sort of workplace safety program is better than none. But what really makes a health and safety program effective?

Well for starters, the program should show that executive management is truly invested in the program. If employees see management taking proper steps to ensure safety, they’ll be motivated to do the same. Additionally, employees should be involved in the development and growth of workplace safety procedures. Another step to implementing a great safety program is conducting regular, thorough safety inspections of worksites and facilities. Once any hazards or concerns have been identified, it’s important to address them as soon as possible. With that in mind, ongoing monitoring of any hazardous situations is a crucial aspect of safety programs as well. And lastly, continuing to train and educate employees on safety is instrumental in having an effective workplace safety program. In order to have a safe environment, everyone within the company must be committed to creating a hazard-free environment.

So whether you’re just beginning to develop a workplace safety program, or looking to update your current program, it’s important to remember that it all starts with employers. Employers who take action to engage employees and regularly address unsafe conditions will see immense benefits when it comes to decreasing workplace incidents as well as an improvement in the overall culture of the company.