Employers and management teams juggle many priorities in their organizations. An often over-looked and under-prioritized area can be workplace safety. Although health and safety managers are tasked with overseeing this, all employees, including employers and management, should have workplace safety in the forefront of their minds as they perform their day-to-day tasks.

As identified in our previous blog, Worker Safety and the Cost of Ignoring It, companies in Ontario alone paid out over $52 million for work-related compensation and other losses in 2015. Workplace injuries result in hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands of lost-time from work. To combat these statistics, safety legislation is in place to ensure that companies across Canada are taking preventative steps to reduce workplace safety hazards.

Safety compliance can be tricky as occupational health and safety regulations can vary by jurisdiction. However, most basic elements are the same. It is crucial for employers, managers, health and safety managers and employees to know their rights and responsibilities in order for the organization to achieve safety compliance and reduce the risk of injuries.

Find out more about workplace safety compliance in Canada…

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All employers know that workplace safety is important for their organization. Injuries to workers can mean losing your workers – short or long-term – which results in reduced worker productivity and employee morale. It can also result in increased employee turnover and business disruption. There are obvious costs like medical expenses but many employers underestimate the sizable impact of indirect worker injury costs.

Employees are a company’s most valuable resource, so it is important to focus safety compliance. Organizations want to keep their employees safe and healthy. In an industrial environment, it is particularly crucial as risks of workplace injuries are high and impact to the injured worker, their family, and the organization can be costly – both emotionally and financially.

So, what are the real costs of worker injuries?

Read on to get tips to improve worker safety…

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In 2007, OH&S published an article, A Basic Guide for Selecting the Proper Gloves, delving deeply into choosing the right health and safety supplies – specifically gloves. The article covers a variety of glove selection considerations including: financial implications of worker hand injuries, understanding the impact gloves make on worker safety and productivity, specific applications and risks including chemical protection, cut/puncture protection, etc., and safety glove care and inspection.

The article also highlights 8 questions to ask for proper glove selection. In addition, OH&S also points out the importance of involving workers in the glove selection process as they are likely most familiar with working conditions. To ensure glove safety compliance, it is important to do your due diligence on glove selection to ensure worker safety.

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When buying PPE supplies, it is important to understand all aspects of selection. Of course, price is always a factor. However, many industrial buyers may not realize that there are other aspects that should be considered in the purchase decision.

We spoke with an industry expert who has many years of experience with PPE supplies and has particular expertise in the selection of industrial gloves. Our expert highlights some major considerations when choosing industrial gloves.

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Plant Engineering Magazine produced a series of articles tackling the subject of preventative maintenance programs. Although a few years old, the articles are just as relevant today.

Read on to find out the difference between a preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance program, preventative maintenance failures and fixes, and best practices and steps to create an effective and sustainable preventative maintenance program.

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In conjunction with a health and safety program, employers should also focus on ensuring the right health and safety equipment and industrial PPE are on-hand and well-maintained. Employers should be aware that they are tasked with several responsibilities for worker safety in the specific area of industrial PPE.

Personal protective equipment should be employed to reduce the risk of short and long-term injuries in many workplaces. The type of PPE required is contingent upon the workplace environment; PPE needs would differ drastically in an office environment vs. an industrial environment vs. a farm.

Find out about common types of industrial PPE and how to choose the right PPE to ensure your employees’ safety.

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