Rob Medlock, OSHA area director, says there's no quick cure for eliminating workplace hazards. But he suggests a few things you can do to lower the risks:
n Check electrical wiring. Make sure equipment is properly grounded. Also check if temporary wiring is being used in lieu of permanent wiring. That's a common mistake, Medlock says.
n Provide protective equipment. Is there the potential of something getting in an employee's eye, being dropped on a toe or splashed in someone's face? Medlock says employers can help prevent injuries by providing safety gear such as aprons, glasses, face shields, hard hats, gloves or safety-toed footwear.
Developing an in-house safety program is imperative to ensure a safe work environment, Medlock says. For more information contact OSHA's free on-site consultation service at (800) 671-6858, or visit its Website at: www.osha.gov