When someone has an accident in your workplace, it can be extremely worrying, so you must have procedures in place to deal with it. From dealing with the initial injury to sorting out medical care, here’s what you need to do if an employee or visitor is injured on your premises:
Give First Aid
When an injury has just occurred, the most important thing isn’t to start investigating right away, but to ensure the injured party gets first aid. Take a look at MFASCO Health & Safety and make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit that has enough supplies for the number of employees and visitors on-site during an average day.
The recommended supplies list for first aid kits that OSHA sets out is long, so you should do inventory every few weeks or whenever the kit is used. It includes essentials such as:
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive bandages
- Triangular bandages
- Wound cleaning agents
- Scissors and tweezers
- Resuscitation equipment
- A splint
You need to ensure that there’s always an employee on shift who knows first aid, as this could potentially save the life of one of your workers or a customer. While they administer first aid, someone else should call an ambulance if needed, so there’s no delay in getting proper medical care.
Keep Records Of All Accidents
Employers with more than ten employees are required by OSHA to keep a record of serious injuries on site. There are strict OSHA recordkeeping requirements, and you can download the correct forms from their website.
Even if your business has fewer than ten employees, it’s worth keeping track of anything more serious than a minor cut or burn. This is because, if any legal issues arise, you should have a clear account of what happened, plus any evidence such as CCTV recordings to back you up.
Prevent Further Accidents
Many of the most common workplace injuries are preventable, so it’s essential to put measures in place to prevent a similar accident happening again. Injuries caused by contact with machinery or equipment are the most common cause of accidents, so ensuring a clear working environment with proper safety guards in place can help. Slips and trips are also common, which you can prevent by ensuring you have safety mats in slippery areas, and quickly mop up spills. While accidents will always happen, you should do everything you can to prevent them; otherwise, you may find yourself subject to a lawsuit.
Businesses of all sizes should have procedures in place if there’s an accident, whether your workplace is a factory or store. From getting staff trained in first aid, to recording and looking at ways to prevent the accident, there are many steps you must take when someone is injured. This ensures you stay compliant with OSHA regulations, avoid a costly legal battle, and most importantly, helps prevent this kind of accident from happening again.