Hints for Controlling Workplace Hazards

by Lawton Brothers | Dec 08, 2014
Janitor supplies Central Florida
As a facility manager, you face a multitude of responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, but there are few responsibilities as important as workplace safety. As we discussed in a recent blog, writing a written hazard communication program is a major part of helping to keep your workplace safe. 

The purpose of a written hazard communication program is to communicate workplace hazards to your employees, but in order to communicate them you must first identify them. Cleaning and Maintenance Management suggests performing a job safety analysis (JSA) where a manager walks through the steps of a specific task and look for potential hazards. Once a hazard is identified, a decision needs to be made regarding what further action should be taken to control the hazard. In order to properly prevent, correct and control identified hazards, as a facility manager you should follow the Hierarchy of Control from most effective to least effective as follows: 

• Elimination—Removes the hazard from the building. 
• Substitution—Replace the hazard with a safer option. 
• Engineering controls—Keep employees away from existing hazard. 
• Administrative controls—Alerting employees with signs or preparing them with training. 
• Personal protective equipment—Gives employees protective equipment but does not alter the hazard.

At Lawton Brothers we not only care about the safety of our employees, but we look out for yours as well. Contact your resource for janitor supplies today with any questions regarding how our crew can improve yours. 
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