We don’t have to tell you that your job is difficult. These seven steps will make your job easier, and your workplace safer. Most or all of these steps are already in place, but here’s a quick overview. 7 steps to safer, healthier mining employees
- You must adhere to safety and health standards. You must ensure that you comply with all applicable standards in your workplace and operations. You should also check the state regulations. If they are stricter than the federal standards, they will prevail. Don’t forget to consider your safety policies. Also, ensure compliance with these rules.
- Make sure employees are aware of hazards. Every hazard should be identified in every area of work and every job. Make sure that employees are aware of any potential hazards.
What are the dangers?
They are extremely dangerous
How to prevent them
What to do if you are exposed to a specific hazard
- You can minimize your risks by taking the appropriate measures. This involves many things including:Well-conceived and implemented workplace safety and health programs
Safety audits and routine inspections are conducted.
Controlling work practices, engineering, and administrative effectiveness is key to success
Employee training should be frequent and efficient.
Proper PPE is needed to protect employees from potential hazards.
Routine maintenance of the workplace
- Teach your employees how to work safely
One of the most powerful tools for accident prevention is training. To ensure safety and health, teach employees the skills, techniques, procedures, and information they need. To keep employees safe and healthy, train them frequently on regulatory and workplace changes.
- Give feedback and monitor performance. Do not assume that workers will apply the information they have learned in training or follow their supervisor’s instructions. Workers will take risks and ignore warnings or instructions for a variety of reasons. To maintain safety and health, ensure that your supervisors are able to monitor safety performance and give corrective or positive feedback.
- Listen to your employees’ complaints and suggestions. While you may not be able use all of the suggestions or respond to all complaints, listening to employees is crucial if your safety and health programs are to be successful. This is a great thing because employee participation can lead to employee ownership which in turn leads to safety-driven safety and safer workplaces.
- Problems can be fixed quickly if you act quickly. Employees will not be happy if they are dragged to death over hazards abatement. This shows that you don’t care about your employees’ safety. You must take immediate and effective action when a safety or health concern is raised.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Communications! For over 15 years, Becker Communications has been the industry’s leader in radio communication in tunnels and electrical mining communication systems. As they expanded into surface mining, railroads, and tunneling they added wireless communication systems, handheld radios, tagging and tracking systems, as well as gas monitoring.