Help workers see the potential dangers on the job

Anti-fatigue mats can help prevent falls.

Anti-fatigue mats can help prevent falls.

Falling at work can be common, particularly during a busy period where one may not be taking the time to survey their surroundings as they rush. It’s up to managers to make the workplace as safe as possible, by putting signs up, using anti-fatigue mats to provide some extra traction and by keeping buildings well-lit.

According to EHS Today, there are some common misconceptions with personal safety in the workplace. For example, that awareness of one’s surroundings is the primary reason for an accident. However, the news provider points out that people may not realize certain things around them could be hazards. It’s up to managers to have proper signage warning of potential dangers. If an accident hasn’t yet occurred, that doesn’t mean there is not still a chance, and employees should be aware of any potential issues.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests anything that’s considered dangerous should be labeled in red, so employees pay closer attention and know to proceed with caution. If someone should just be cautious of their surroundings, the agency recommends marking it with yellow. This approach is similar to roadside signs, letting people know when to stop or avoid and proceed with caution.

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Be proactive in safety communication with employees

Be proactive about safety talks.

Be proactive about safety talks.

When you’re a manager, it’s critical that you communicate all safety hazards to your employees. Having rubber anti-fatigue mats around can help reduce a person’s chance of falling while on the job, and setting up the workplace to take a more proactive approach to safety can go a long way, but you still need to make sure you’re communicating hazards.

According to Safety and Health Magazine, more workplaces are taking a proactive approach to the workplace safety culture by educating employees about the various hazards that could put them at risk for harm. The news provider argues that many companies will focus on a hazard once someone is injured on the job, but it’s important to record near accidents as well so you can have a clear picture of the potential hazards that may be in the workspace.

EHS Today reports that leadership should be in the know whenever implementing a new safety plan. Any potential hazards need to be properly communicated to managers, so they can come up with an appropriate strategy and communication plan. The news provider also reports that management can appoint a point-person for each team to be the go-to should any employees have questions or safety concerns.

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Restaurant hiring slows, but managers focus on retention

The restaurant industry is slowing hiring.

The restaurant industry is slowing hiring.

The amount of people who are taking restaurant jobs dipped slightly this past month, meaning there may be less talent on the anti-fatigue mats of the kitchen as hiring slows down.

However, Nation’s Restaurant News reports that this could just be a random lag, because July saw the highest hiring record for the industry in the past three years. Once restaurants brought on the talent they needed, it makes sense that a slowdown would occur, giving managers the opportunity to focus on their current staff dynamics. Restaurant managers have also been striving to retain top talent by offering training and career paths so they’ll have more incentive to stay around.

According to the National Restaurant Association, many restaurant workers feel if they have a place where they can really grow their careers, they’re more likely to stay. Management should also be transparent, discussing whether or not there is a potential path and also be upfront about expectations for growth and desired skillset. The news provider reports if you want to drive employee loyalty further, consider having an incentive program for when they complete specific tasks. This can also help encourage employees to go the extra mile in service.

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Standing for prolonged periods could be linked to health risks

Stand at work, but make sure you're doing it safely.

Stand at work, but make sure you’re doing it safely.

When you’re standing at work for long hours each day, you may find that you have joint pain by the time your shift has ended. While anti-fatigue mats can help ease the physical stress that comes from standing for prolonged periods, it’s still important that you’re paying attention to other aspects of health.

According to Safety + Health Magazine, standing for long hours each day at work could have an impact on a person’s chance of heart disease. The news provider links to a study that tracked approximately 7,300 people who had no history of heart disease prior to the study. The study lasted for 12 years and by the end, 3.4 percent had heart disease. The researchers found that people who spent the majority of their jobs mostly standing, as opposed to workers who spent more time sitting.

However, it’s important that workers are informed so they’re able to take breaks while on the job. CNN suggests in order to get the right balance, you should stand for every 8 minutes of work that you have. Be sure to take sitting breaks throughout so you keep your blood flowing and muscles engaged. Also taking walks around can help you shift weight and ease the burden.

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