Work Safe

Hand and Power Tools

Getting your workforce to operate tools and machines safely and effectively requires a commitment from the top. Start by setting clear safety expectations. Then, work to provide the resources, motivation, and accountability you’ll need to ensure ongoing participation.

Implement a safety policy
Develop, distribute and enforce guidelines and policies that support your commitment to hand and power tool safety. Ask new employees to sign off on safety rules. Then, revisit those rules frequently to ensure they remain top-of-mind with your workforce. Download the following rules to use with your employees or as a guide in developing your own set of safety rules.

Hand and Power Tool Safety Rules (link)

Get managers and supervisors on board
When managers and supervisors elevate safety to a company value it becomes contagious. Check out some of the things your management team can do to make safety a natural and effective part of your company culture:

  • Provide sufficient staffing, funds, time and equipment so employees can work safely and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate safe attitudes and lead by example.
  • Strive to involve every employee with safety.
  • Hold every employee accountable for safety and evaluate performance accordingly.
  • Comply with all governmental agencies, insurance carriers and internal procedures.
  • Ensure industry best practices are applied.
  • Observe work activities to detect and correct unsafe actions.
  • Brief employees on new hazards before they start work.
  • Assist Human Resources in reviewing employment applications, post-offer employment physical reports and personnel files to determine physical qualifications for specified job classifications.
  • Make transitional duty options available for injured employees.
  • Consistently enforce safety rules and regulations, programs and protective measures.
  • Work with the safety coordinator, safety committee and employees to implement new and maintain ongoing safety programs and comply with recommendations from outside consultants, OSHA inspectors and insurance companies.
  • Acknowledge employees who work safely and set a good example to others.
  • Review safety policies annually.

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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