Office Safety Basics and On the Job Injuries The bosshardtCompanies
Why are we having this meeting? A safe working environment is of the highest importance. It is essential for the continued growth of our companies and the wellbeing of our employees. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. You are the first line in detection of potential hazards. If you see them—report them.
Simple Safety Reminders THINK! Most safety is common sense. No candles or other open flames. Keep doorways/pathways clear. Cords should not be where they pose a tripping hazard. Check your environment at the end of the day. Turn off coffee pots, clear areas, make sure areas are secure. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or table to reach objects.
Simple Safety Reminders, Cont’d Don’t move heavy things by yourself. Ask for help! Know the locations of safety equipment. There are fire extinguishers and first aid kits in every building. Know where the emergency exits are. Every supervisor should have a meeting place for staff in case of an emergency evacuation of the building.
Emergency Evacuations Secure your work area as much as time permits by shutting off all equipment. Follow the evacuation map posted in each building. Meet with your supervisor at a designated site a safe distance from the building. Supervisors will take attendance. Every employee must be accounted for.
Shelter-In-Place Each building needs to designate a shelter-in-place site. This area should be an interior room away from windows and exterior doors. In the event of a sudden, unexpected hazard (weather), the manager will alert everyone to go to the designated shelter. Secure your work area as time permits by shutting off equipment and closing windows and doors. The manager will take attendance to account for all employees. The manager will determine when the emergency has passed and it is safe to return to your work area. DO NOT leave before the all clear.
First Aid First Aid kits are available in every building. We are working on getting The Red Cross here to do some first aid training in our October Safety meeting. Read the Bosshardt Safety Plan. You were given one at the time of hire. If you don’t have one, let me know and I will see that you get one.
On The Job Injuries If it’s an emergency-call 911 first and your supervisor second. If it’s not an emergency-call your supervisor first. Even if you think you are okay—YOU HAVE TO REPORT ITto your supervisor. Make the call immediately. There are strict time limits on reporting injuries and it is better to be safe than sorry. Get checked out.
What will happen? Your supervisor will ask you specific questions about your accident. They are doing this so they can complete the incident form for the insurance company. The supervisor will bring the form to HR who will contact the insurance company. You will be sent to our insurance company’s center of choice to be examined. (Solantic). You will be tested for drugs/alcohol as our insurance provider requires. If you test positive or decline to be tested, your claim can be denied.
What will happen? (cont’d) The physician will examine you and determine the extent of your injuries. Bring any paperwork they give you to your Supervisor. The physician may release you to return to work full duty. You will not be permitted to work until you give a release to your Supervisor. The physician may release you to return to work with restrictions. You will have to give a copy of the work restrictions to your Supervisor before you will be allowed to work. If the company has work for you within the physician’s restrictions, you will work. The physician may say that you cannot return to work. Give your Supervisor a copy of the order the physician gives you. You will not be able to return to work until the physician releases you.
Summary Safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you see a hazard report it. Safety is Common Sense. Think before you act. Report injuries immediately.