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Fall Safety Checklist


Published on | Fall is the best time to get ready for the health and safety issues posed by winter. Check your workers' safety gear, prepare the facilities, and offer community wellness programs to help keep your employees healthy and happy.

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Fall Safety Checklist

  1. 1. Fall Safety Checklist A perceptible change occurs in the workplace as the last of summer gives way to the beginning of fall. Workers shift their carefree summer thoughts toward the busy holidays. Some businesses prepare for overtime to increase holiday production; others ready the workplace for winter maintenance shutdowns. Now is the ideal time to review your safety equipment and procedures and help your workers stay healthy and productive during this crazy time of year. Autumn Immunizations One way businesses are chipping away at sick days is by offering immunizations for employees. Some companies also offer free or reduced-price shots to family members, with the idea that fewer sick kids leads to fewer missed days of work. Immunizations commonly offered during the fall include influenza, whooping cough, pneumonia, and the shingles. According to Partnership for Prevention, each employee who comes down with the flu can cost the company around $1,000. If 20 percent of your workers come down with the flu, that adds up quickly. Protecting employees and their families can save companies tens of thousands of dollars per year. A Checklist for Cleanliness and Winter Readiness Winter is the worst time for slip and fall accidents. Wet, icy feet and floors, combined with cold workers, create a dangerous situation. In addition to supplying workers with quality winter work clothes, be sure to equip them with no-slip footwear and install abrasive, no-slip flooring near outer doorways or clearly mark slippery areas with signs or markers. Keep floors, parking lots, hallways, and other areas prone to moisture or ice cleaned regularly to control the hazards. Do this in the fall before ice and snow catch you off guard and lead to workman's compensation claims. Safety Drills Conducting regular drills for common threats -- such as fire, tornado, earthquake, serious injuries, and civil unrest -- may seem time-consuming and unnecessary. However, it is recommended to conduct regular drills for all of these emergencies, as well as any industry-specific emergencies you might face, such as chemical spills or radiological accidents.1 Fall is the ideal time to conduct these drills, when you don't have to worry about excessive heat or bitter cold outdoors. Safety Equipment Checklist While your focus is on health and safety, it's a good idea to take stock of your safety equipment and see that you have what you need and that the gear is in good shape. Check supplies of recommended safety equipment: 1
  2. 2. ● Safety glasses ● Flame resistant clothing ● Fire extinguishers ● Hazard hats ● Safety gloves ● Ear plugs ● Industry-specific safety gear and equipment Educating Employees on Non-Work-Related Health and Safety Fall is a dangerous time for workers, as well as members of the community outside the workplace. In order to keep down missed work days and to offer the public some needed services, many companies extend their health and safety programs outside the organization. Great ideas for promoting safety and good health habits during the fall include: ● Hosting a health fair ● Offering the community a safe alternative to trick-or-treating ● Promoting DUI awareness as holiday parties approach ● Partnering with local medical teams to educate the public on proper hand washing methods to keep down cold and flu outbreaks or to tout the benefits of immunizations Helping to create a healthier and safer community is the best way to take care of your workforce, so initiatives that benefit the public at large almost always translate into fewer missed days of work due to illness, injury, or worse. Have a safe and merry season!