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June: National Safety Month

Every June, the National Safety Council recognizes National Safety Month. This month is dedicated to learning about safety in the workplace, and reminding everyone that safety should be the number one priority, whether you work in an office, on a manufacturing floor, or on external job sites. Roughly 11 workers die every day on the job, while scores more are injured. So what can we do to improve our safety?

Know Where We Stand

A key to workplace safety is knowing where you stand – what precautions and training you have in place, what emergency plans are being taught to workers, and the records that are being kept. If you are looking to set goals, you have to know what your starting point is. Utilizing electronic systems that can monitor what each employee does or does not know is a great way to go about this – the National Safety Council can provide programs and systems to put in place, especially if you’re still using pen and paper or basic spreadsheets.

Know the Risks

Certain areas of work tend to raise more safety issues than other. Knowing these issues, seeing where they are in our facility can make it easier to understand the causes of accidents. The most common areas of workplace injury and death include:

  • Slip, trips, and falls, which accounted for over 27% of workplace injuries in 2012.
  • Overexertion, including lifting, pushing, holding, and carrying, which accounted for just over 25% of injuries.
  • Being struck by objects or equipment, at almost 9%.
  • Exertions such as bending, twisting, climbing, twisting and walking, which accounted for just over 7% of injuries.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways – repetitive motion injuries have been quickly rising, while roadway incidents are a constant cause of worry for those in the transport industry.

Make Goals and Measure Performance

At Tella Tool, we have one simple goal, a goal that we hope all workplaces have – get our employees home, safe and healthy, at the end of every day. There are plenty of measurements you can use over time to check your performance in relations to goals you may have for your business.

  1. Record the amount of time lost to workplace injury, and make it a goal to reduce that time lost in increments, offering recognition or reward for successfully meeting goals.
  2. Record the number of incidences where medical treatment (beyond basic first aid) is needed, and identify area that need improvement. Set goals and track progress accordingly.
  3. Measure the reduction in sick days used, and urge workers to help reduce these sick days through incentives and programs.

ISO Certification – Everything You Need to Know

If your company wants to get ISO certified, there are several steps that need to be followed. When followed in order, you can implement a quality ISO process for your company, regardless of what industry you’re in or how big the company is. When you have your ISO Certification, customers will know you are serious about your business and employees will better understand processes in place for quality or organization.

After determining you want to be ISO Certified, it’s important to think about what exactly you want to get out of your certification. Things to consider are quality, customer satisfaction, profitability, and more. After deciding what areas to target, it’s important to implement the proper documentation, in accordance with the standards set forth by ISO. For example, you’ll need a Quality Manual and also Quality System Procedure documents. There are generic documents you can purchase and adjust as needed or you can hire a professional to construct the right documents if you need to get more specific.

With documentation in place, train employees with the new standards. Since not all employees may be affected by all aspects of the new guidelines, train accordingly. In order for the ISO to be as successful as possible, it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page.

When you have completed these steps, it’s time to find a registrar. There are many registrars, so if you don’t know one you may want to consider using one that has worked with your type of industry before. Although this isn’t paramount, it can make things faster. After having used your new system for several months, you can set up a date and time to get a certification audit. You will want to make sure everyone is properly trained before getting certified and that you have any documentation, such as inspection or training records, readily available.

When you have done all of this, it’s time to get certified. Customers who see an ISO Certificate hanging on your wall will know your company cares enough to keep up with industry standards and that your service and/or products will meet their expectations.