Work Safe

General Safety

Once you’ve committed to making safety a part of your organization, there are several best practices you can adopt to reduce the likelihood of accidents and the devastating impacts they can have on your workforce and your business.

Hold regular safety meetings
Make a point to meet regularly with members of the safety team and your employees. Use these opportunities to discuss safety issues relevant to your industry. Topics may include:

  • Workplace safety concerns
  • New safety rules, procedures or regulations
  • Safety milestones or accomplishments
  • Upcoming safety training or education events
  • Use the OSHA Recordkeeping Handbook to help you develop an effective system for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses.

Create and communicate safety rules
To drive home your no-nonsense commitment to safety, establish a general set of guidelines or rules that your employees are expected to adhere to. Take time to walk current employees and new hires through each of the rules to provide clarity and ensure understanding. Let them know that these rules were created for their safety and what disciplinary action will be taken if they are not followed. Ask employees to sign-off on the rules and encourage them to set a good example to their peers. Use the following resources with your employees or as a reference tool when developing your own set of workplace safety rules:

Guidelines: General Safety Rules

Toolbox Talk: Please Follow Safety Rules

Eliminate risks or hazards
Workers face a wide range of risks throughout the course of any given day. Taking measures to promote safe practices and eliminate hazards can help you prevent some of the most common sources and types of injury facing your employees:


  • Physical stress and strain
  • Heat and cold stress
  • Electrical accidents
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

For more information, download these helpful resources:

OSHA Quickcard: Cold Stress

OSHA Quickcard: Electrical Safety

OSHA Quickcard: Heat Stress

Toolbox Talk: Bloodborne Pathogens

Toolbox Talk: Drugs and Alcohol on the Job

Toolbox Talk: Safe Lifting

Slips, trips and falls

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Tripping hazards
  • Falls from the same level
  • Falls to a lower level

For more information, download these helpful resources:

Toolbox Talk: Slip Prevention Awareness

Toolbox Talk: Winter Slips and Trips

Toolbox Talk: Trip Prevention Awareness

Driving accidents

  • Employees commuting to work
  • Delivery vehicles

For more information, download these helpful resources:

OSHA QuickCard: Safe Driving Practices

Driver Safety Rules

Safe Driving Practices for Employees

Workplace violence

  • Harassment
  • Physical violence

For more information, download the OSHA Fact Sheet: Workplace Violence.

Emergency situations

  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Natural disaster
  • Hazardous substances

For more information, download these helpful resources:

Plan: Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations

Toolbox Talk: Severe Weather Planning

Toolbox Talk: Building Evacuation

Perform routine safety inspections
Make safety inspections a regular part of your safety routine. Observe employees at work and test equipment to ensure proper performance. Be sure to date and document your findings, communicate next steps for correcting any deficiencies, and follow up to ensure appropriate measures are taken to maintain a safe and productive work environment.


Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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