Worker safety should always be top of mind for businesses.
The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report (2015) for private sector injury and illnesses indicates that the average worker loses eight days from work, with there being 324k reported cases of sprains, strains or tears, 155k injuries to the lower back, and 238k cases of falls, slips, and trips. Worst of all, there were nearly five-thousand fatalities.
One injury is too many. At Reliance we take the work environments where we place temporary employees very seriously. We pride ourselves that everyone involved with the company – permanent staff, associates, and clients – all look out for everyone’s safety, health, and well-being.
It’s our goal for there to be zero damage to people, property, and product. And, through employee orientation and safety training, we aim to increase safety awareness and reduce health risks.
Specifically, we ask all employees to follow these guidelines:
• Use common sense in performing duties.
• All accidents, incidents, and injuries, regardless of how minor, shall be reported immediately to the supervisor in charge.
• Personal protective equipment (such as safety glasses, hearing protection, protective clothing, and footwear) must be worn when required for specific job tasks or work areas.
• All work is to be performed in a safe manner according to our written policies and procedures. If an employee has a concern about the safety of a task, it should be brought to the attention of their immediate supervisor.
• Understand work assignments and perform only the job functions in which they are fully trained. Discuss any unfamiliar work assignments with their supervisor prior to beginning the task.
• Always use the proper tool, equipment, or process for the job
• Horseplay or practical jokes are prohibited.
• Use or being under the influence of, intoxicants or drugs while on the job is prohibited and shall be considered cause for dismissal.
• Keep the work area neat and tidy.
• Do not use tops of cabinets or bookcases for extra storage or displays.
• Be sure that aisles or exits are kept clear; do not let cords interfere with walkways.
• Keep paper clips, tacks, pins and other objects off the floors.
• Properly store all sharp objects when not in use.
• Open only one file cabinet drawer at a time to avoid tipping over the cabinet. Cabinets should also be loaded form bottom to top and emptied in the reverse order.
All employees are expected to abide by safe work practices and adhere to general safety rules to ensure their safety as well as the safety of co-workers, but we also expect our clients to follow OSHA guidelines, provide appropriate personal protective equipment, abide by safety best practices, and be responsive to any safety concerns.
When working in any environment, there is always the risk of an injury. But by taking the above simple steps, working together, and having a commitment to safety standards, injury prevention is attainable.
In 2017 the American Staffing Association (ASA) introduced the Safety Standard of Excellence, a program designed in partnership with the National Safety Council. Reliance is actively pursuing this certification and is participating in additional safety training for the Reliance team this year.
Reliance has been a proud member of ASA for over 30 years and fully supports the ASA/OSHA temporary workers safety initiative.Share this Post