8 Proven Money-Saving Warehouse Organization Tips

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An organized warehouse is an efficient one. When your facility is organized and clean, you can easily track and locate all your stored assets. Lack of order can lead to serious problems in your warehouse, so it’s important that your assets are stored in a way that makes sense.

Here are 8 basic tips for efficiently organizing your warehouse:

Toss away trash

Taking care of your trash is a great place to start. Purge all of the garbage just sitting there and gathering dust. Discard empty boxes, leftover cardboard, worthless stacks of files  – anything that doesn’t have value to your organization anymore. Make sure you have garbage receptacles nearby so your trash doesn’t create another pile to clean later. You can even consider selling some items. You’ve now cleared valuable space, which means lower costs for additional storage space down the road.

Arrange assets by category

Chances are, your assets fall under multiple categories, so it’s wiser to sort them by category and not by product. For example, if you are a clothing manufacturer, you can store shirts in one section and pants in another. Making your categories broad and general will make storing more streamlined.

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By storing your assets vertically instead of horizontally, you will save precious floor space and make your warehouse look tidier. Be careful not to create stacks that are dangerously high or just too high to reach. Utilize storage and industrial shelving systems so your items are neatly stacked on one another.

Arrange according to weight

Keep heavy items lower and the lighter ones on top. This will prevent injuries and major product loss, and is particularly helpful if you don’t have a machine picking inventory for you.

Label everything

It’s frustrating to have to go through each item one by one just to find out what’s inside it. When everything is labelled, it makes it easier to keep inventory. It also protects your organization from time-consuming and expensive errors.

Stick photos to boxed items

Attaching photos on boxes also helps you know what’s inside, so there is no need to open them. Nothing looks more cluttered and  messy than half-opened boxes. Items are more prone to being misplaced, displaced or missing in this scenario.Anti-slip warehouse floor marking

Mark your aisles

Signs are a great way to communicate your safety messages and policies to workers and visitors. They also help you locate the aisle you’re looking for more efficiently . Warehouse floor markings are especially helpful in pointing out hazardous areas around your facility and indicating the proper precautions to take.

Clear your aisles

Never leave out any product or equipment in the middle of your aisles. These may pose a major safety threat, and could also begin to pile up and seriously affect your overall organization scheme. Assigning someone to keep aisles clear is a proactive solution to this concern.

As you can see, creating an efficient warehouse doesn’t need to be big deal. Sure, it may seem a huge task, especially if you have a big facility, but these steps don’t take up a whole lot of time and effort. You just need to plan properly and utilize all available warehouse supplies and tools to help you achieve your goal – an organized and efficient warehouse. When you achieve this, the improvement in your bottom line will surely follow soon.

Hard Hat Labels: Underdogs in this Hard Hat World

Hard Hat LabelsA hard hat is one of the most important and recognizable items of personal protective equipment in the industrial workplace. Hard hats play a big role in protecting your head from serious injuries that may be brought about by impact from falling objects, blunt, sharp and abrasive surfaces, or a fall.

Safety hard hat labels help to identify and motivate workers by displaying safety messages and company safety records. A hard hat decal usually contains information on the wearers’ milestones and awards, the type of safety training they’ve received, team affiliations, and even their job position. Lastly, it serves as an easy way to identify the wearer in an emergency.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend much to get your hard hats labelled, and Seton offers a wide range of safety hat labels for your specific needs. Choose from First Aid, CPR Certified, Authorized Forklift Operator, GHS Safety Trained Labels, and many more! Shop our Hard Hat Labels-On-A-Roll now and get 40% off. 600x360as

If you have a specific label in mind and can’t find it, then check out our custom hard hat labels. With our easy-to-use Design Your Own tool, you can create your own safety label with the exact font, colours, size, material and wording that you want! 

Don’t underestimate the value that hard hat labels bring to the table. They may seem like standard items for decorating hard hats and caps, but they are serious PPE tools that could mean the difference between life and death.

The Porton Man: Another Milestone in PPE Testing

PPE testings with Dstl's Porton Man PPE is every working man’s last line of defence against hazards in the workplace. Why? It’s plain and simple – PPE saves lives. The technology that PPE employs has come a long way from its humble but heroic beginnings during World War I. The most recent proof is that of the newest technology for PPE testing that UK’s Ministry of Defence has introduced to the world last month.

Meet the Porton Man

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has created this new animatronic mannequin that will be used to test protective suits and equipment for UK’s Armed Forces. Porton Man is designed to act as a realistic replacement for a soldier. It can walk, march, run, kneel, sit, and even copy the movements of a soldier sighting a weapon.

The name “Porton Man” comes from the place where Dstl commissioned Buckingham-based company i-bodi Technolgy Ltd. to create this breakthrough technology – in Porton Down, Wiltshire. This $1.8 million (£1.1 million) investment was developed using Formula 1 technology, and uses advanced lightweight materials, the latest animatronics, and is decked out with over 100 sensors. This technology will allow the department to test biological and chemical protection suits with real-time data analysis.Chemical Protection Suits

i-bodi Technology’s chief executive Jez Gibson-Harris said his firm was assigned to create a lightweight robotic test mannequin based on data collected from 2,500 soldiers, that was easy to operate, and could accomplish a wide range of movement.

The results are impressive: improved head turning, better range of movement, and a much lighter frame than its predecessor – 30lb (14kg)  instead of about 176lb (80kg).  All of this adds up to more accurate testing of PPE.

The success of Porton Man has shown that technology has certainly taken great strides. Today, the future of safety protection and PPE technology looks very promising. 

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“Make Safety A Habit” during NAOSH Week 2014!

NAOSH Week 2014This week we are celebrating the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. From May 4 -10, employers, employees, and occupational health and safety stakeholders from across the continent come together to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community.

This year’s NAOSH Week theme is “Make Safety A Habit!”, and it is a call to action to implement and improve safety habits in the workplace. In British Columbia alone, an estimated $17 million in claim costs are paid annually for long term care brought about by workplace injuries in the health care sector. NAOSH Week aims to bring awareness to the habits in the workplace and how these habits help or hinder accident and injury prevention. The end goal is to cultivate a culture where being safe is already a second nature – like putting on your seatbelt upon getting in a vehicle.

For the workplace, safety should be a top priority for everyone – employers and workers alike. If you haven’t done so yet, now is the perfect time to assess the state of safety in your workplace. Celebrate NAOSH Week by jump-starting a campaign on safe habits. Put up workplace safety signs all around your facility and promote safety habits by following these guidelines:

  1. Set your own safety standards and stick to it. As an employer, make sure the safety regulations established are being followed. As a staff member, make sure you observe safety practices and don’t let others influence you otherwise. If you are not wearing the proper equipment because others don’t, the potential injury you may suffer will be yours alone to live with.
  2. Operate equipment only if qualified. Working with equipment can be a hazard, which is why training on how to operate them is a must. If you are tasked with handling certain equipment, and have never underwent training before, you need to inform your supervisor so the necessary training can be provided.Safety Signs
  3. Maintain a healthy respect for machinery. Before using any piece of equipment, makes sure it is in the best condition to operate. Check if the machine is clear of any obstruction that can damage the machine, and potentially injure you or others. Report if you see any problems. Check that all guards are in place, and don’t forget to de-energize the power before operating the equipment.
  4. Take the initiative to initiate safety procedures. It is your responsibility to call your supervisor and alert management to any problems or potential hazards that you encounter on the job. Report any broken equipment or machinery you may see, and ask for PPE or additional training if it is needed.
  5. Speak up. Ask questions if you are uncertain of tasks or procedures that you need to do. Do not accept answers that contain “I guess, I think, I assume”. Be certain.
  6. Exercise care and caution when lifting. Most back, muscle and spinal injuries are from over-straining while lifting, pulling or pushing. Know your limits and do not attempt to exceed them.
  7. Practice good housekeeping. A clean and organized workplace makes for a safer one. Keep your work areas clean and orderly at all times.
  8. Dress sensibly and responsibly for your work. Wearing the proper personal protective clothing and other PPE can save your life. In addition to that avoid wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry and keep your hair tied back so these items don’t get caught in machinery.

The success of NAOSH Week in your workplace depends on your willingness to participate. Your positive attitude can help encourage others to do so as well and plays a major role in preventing accidents and injuries from happening. All you need is a commitment to make safety a habit, and be consistent in practicing it every day, until this new habit becomes second nature. At the end of the day safety is everyone’s responsibility, including your own, so make safety a habit. Do it for yourself  and for those around you. 

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April 28th is National Day of Mourning

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Every day, an estimated three workers die in work-related incidents and more than 900,000  workplace injuries are reported every year. In Alberta alone, there was a record high number of 188 workplace deaths. With fatalities rates on the rise, it is time to realize the need for change.

Today, April 28, is the National Day of Mourning. On this day, the whole nation pays its respects to all workers who have been killed, injured or disabled on the job, or who suffer from occupational diseases. In 1984, the Labour Congress first declared April 28th as Canada’s Day of Mourning. This year marks its 30th anniversary.

The National Day of Mourning is held yearly not just to commemorate the dead, ill and injured, but also to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety and health, and its role in preventing these needless occupational tragedies.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to take a proactive role in promoting health and safety in the workplace. Take the time to recognize fellow workers who have been affected by work-related illnesses, injuries and deaths. Offer a moment of silence for them. Wear ribbons and armbands to show your support. You can also do this by looking for ways to improve the safety and health conditions of your facility.

Seton Canada is with you in honouring and remembering those who have lost their lives in the workplace. We are committed to promoting safety awareness in the workplace. Here are some ways that you and your company can do to increase safety and health awareness at work:

Promote employee safety at work. Put up safety signs in your workplace to remind everyone of the importance of safety and following safety rules and regulations. You can also post infographics on the number of worker deaths in Canada each year and the leading causes of workplace deaths and illness.

Be a safety mentor. Mentoring is an effective way to train new workers on the ins and outs of the job – including the correct safety practices. This can be a separate program or can supplement your current OHS program to decrease injuries and incidents, cut claims, and create a more safety conscious work environment. Use safety training tools for a more comprehensive training program.

Learn from it. Find the lessons to be learned from a workplace injury or fatality. Figure out the causes and find solutions to prevent such incidents from happening again.

Most workplace deaths are tragic events that could have been preventable. With proper training and awareness on safety regulations,  the number of workplace fatalities can decrease. National Day of Mourning is the day to honour the dead, but it is also a day to remind us of the need to protect the living.

But today, let us all take the time to wear our armbands and ribbons, light a candle, and observe a moment of silence for our fellow workers who are no longer with us.

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Safety Signs: 7 Steps to A Safer Workplace

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Work injuries affect everyone. Workers sustain injuries and lose wages while recuperating, and employers take on the high costs of hospital and insurance bills. Not to mention what the company might shell out for a worker’s compensation claim. This makes workplace safety vital to any organization.

It is the responsibility of employers and office managers to make health and safety a top priority for their employees. Ensuring employees are informed about the existing and potential hazards in the facility, and the consequences when exposed to these dangers, is crucial in preventing accidents. One of the easiest and most effective ways to communicate workplace risks is using the appropriate safety signs and markings.

Posting safety signs in your place of work is not only required by law, it also serves as an important protection and accident prevention tool to keep your workers safe from potential work dangers. Safety signs help prevent chaos when disasters happen or when tackling emergency situations. These workplace signs are the quickest and most direct mode of communication between management and the staff in presenting critical safety information.

Before selecting the safety signs for your facility, here are some guidelines to help ensure the safety signs you choose will be utilized to their best capacity:

Step 1: Identify all hazards

First, you need to identify all the potential hazards in your workplace. This includes all industrial areas and offices, as well as public areas and other locations outside of the facility. You need to mark the obvious hazards, and also identify those that are out of the ordinary, unexpected, or not readily evidentWorkplace Safety Signs

Step 2: Choose the right safety signs and labels

Once you have identified all the hazards, you can now determine which safety signs are best suited for your needs. There are ready made safety signs and labels available on the market, or you can design your own. But whatever safety sign you choose, make sure that they comply with Canadian safety regulations, remembering to keep the sign format consistent all throughout the facility.

Step 3: Use proper wording

Sign wording should be easily read and concise. It should contain sufficient information so it can be easily understood. Also, the safety sign wording should be factual and in the positive context to encourage the reader to abide by the message.

Step 4: Position signs carefully

You should strategically post your safety signs so that they are visible and legible from a distance. Positioning them in an area that draws maximum attention to the hazard is ideal. Keep in mind that you may need to relocate signs from time to time when you make alterations that affect the visibility or usefulness of existing signs.

Step 5: Mark all safety and fire protection equipment

You need to ensure that all safely equipment such as eyewash stations and showers are clearly marked with the corresponding safety signs. Make sure all fire equipment is identified with the appropriate signs to make the equipment easy to locate in the event of a fire or disaster.Biohazard safety label

 Step 6: Use safety labels properly and effectively

Safety labels provide an effective means to prevent accidental injury or illness to workers who are exposed to work hazards. It informs the reader of the material or equipment’s hazard status. A safety label’s wording must be legible at a minimum of 5 feet away and must contain information on the potential risks of the equipment or area that are tagged.

Step 7: Review your safety sign and label program whenever there are new work hazards present

For your facility to be truly compliant, you must always keep your safety program up-to-date. You need to review your sign and label program frequently to make sure that it is still applicable to the present conditions of your workplace.

For example, if there are new potential hazards in the facility, new safety signs and labels must be put up immediately. For temporary hazards, labels need to be attached to the hazard to warn employees until such hazard is gone.

No matter the circumstances or situation, a strong safety sign program enhances overall performance of an organization – leading to reduced costs, higher productivity, and employee pride. So it only makes for good business sense to invest in the appropriate safety signs and safety labels for your facility. But to make your safety program truly successful, employers and staff alike must be proactive in ensuring these safety signs are being followed to the letter. Always remember that in the workplace, everyone must do their part to ensure each other’s safety.

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Express Lock Program: Lockout Safety In A Jiffy

Custom Master Lock Steel PadlocksThe workplace is full of potential energy and electrical hazards. Failure to control the release of hazardous energy discharges while servicing or maintaining equipment can result in some of the most severe injuries in the workplace. The best way to deal with this is by implementing lockout practices. Observing proper lockout not only keeps your workers and facility safe, it also lets you comply with safety regulations.

If you haven’t already established a lockout-tagout program in your facility, now is the time to do so. But be aware that time is of the essence when it comes to security and safety, which means you need to start putting that program to work now!

One of the first things you need to do is make sure your security padlocks are in place. If your padlock supply is running low, or if the results of your recent lockout-tagout assessment require you to change or update your existing locks, then you need to stock up on your lockout supplies. Usually, there is a standard two to three weeks lead time for the padlocks you ordered to arrive, which is not ideal in this scenario because any delays can compromise the safety and security of your employees and your workplace. Here at Seton Canada, we have got that covered.

We offer a new quick ship program for certain Master Lock® and American Lock® safety products. If your facility is scheduled for an inspection, your factory needs to be shutdown, or for any other safety lockout or security concerns where you need padlocks or other lockout accessories fast, our Express Lock program will ensure that you receive your custom padlocks fast! How fast? Well with this new feature, your Master Lock® and American lock® padlocks orders will be ready to ship UPS Ground twenty four hours from the day you ordered! This means you will receive your orders in approximately one to five days after shipment!Custom American Lock® Aluminum Padlocks

So how does it work? The whole process is actually quite easy. After placing an order online or over the telephone for your lockout products and accessories, your order will be manufactured within 24 hours of placing your order. After 24 hours, your padlocks will be ready to ship via UPS Ground. Just remember to place your order by 2 p.m. CST, and you must indicate in your order that this is an Express Lock program purchase. Then sit back, relax, and in no time, your custom padlocks will be arriving at your doorstep!

So really, getting your workplace fitted for lockout-tagout is not that difficult. You just need to make sure that your lockout-tagout program is well-constructed, effective, and updated. Regularly conduct training and refreshers for your workers and get them involved in your campaign for a safer, and accident-free workplace.

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Lockout Tagout Program Assessment: It’s About Time

Lockout Tagout PadlocksThe first quarter of the year is already in full swing. For most organizations, this time also means review and assessment season. This is the period where you, as employers and safety managers, should have already started on assessing the safety programs and policies in your workplace or are about to. If you haven’t gotten that underway yet, well now is the time to do so.

One essential safety program that you need to focus on is your lockout tagout program. An effective lockout tagout can save lives and help reduce industrial accidents by thirty to fifty percent. It can also significantly increase workplace productivity by making lockout activities more efficient, which results to lesser downtime. These, and other vital reasons, are what makes a lockout program critical in providing and maintaining a safe workplace.     

Here are six critical points to consider when assessing if your existing lockout safety program meets the standards or require updating or changes.  

Compare actual maintenance and servicing activities against your lockout tagout policies. What is written on your lockout program may not be what is actually happening on the floor. Make sure your employees are following the proper procedures and rules in your lockout program, even if the tasks they are doing may seem menial. Check if your lockout procedures clearly define what constitutes normal production operations against when equipment will be locked out.Lock-On Lockout Tags

Check if all possible energy sources have been identified and correctly labelled. Ensure your workers’ safety by identifying and labelling all potential energy sources in your facility. Workers usually apply locks and tags on the main electrical disconnect,  but there might be additional energy sources that exist such as hydraulic, thermal, pneumatic, radioactive, or chemical energy. After locating these energy sources, use padlocks, labels, and tags for easy identification.

You also need to check if the energy source is correctly identified. Usually, when workers isolate energy source, the circuit type devices such as on/off switches, interlocks, emergency stops, and three-way selector switches are  just locked out. This is an unsafe practice; control circuits do not isolate the flow of electrical energy to a piece of equipment. You need to use an energy isolating device such as an electrical circuit breaker or main electrical disconnect for proper equipment isolation.

Ensure all of your workers’ protection. Lockout/tagout guarantees your worker is protected while performing maintenance, servicing, and other equipment tasks. However, if more than one employee is working under the same lockout/tagout device, safety is compromised. A worker could unintentionally remove their locks and tags, and expose unprotected employees. The best practice for this is for each worker to use their personal lockout/tagout device on each energy isolating device. For complex jobs that involves several workers and more than one energy source, you need to use a group lockout.

Check if the correct locks are being used. There are many incidents of misuse of lockout/tagout in the workplace. Instances of all workers using the same keyed locks or the supervisor having a duplicate key for all his employees have occured. In these scenarios, anyone can  remove each other’s locks, which is a critical hazard. Security is also an issue, since everyone will have access to personal lockers and tool cribs. Unless otherwise needed, you need to use uniquely keyed lock that come with only one key. You must also use standardized lockout and tagout devices that are not used for other purposes.

Perform a “Lock-Tag-Try”. This is a safety procedure to ensure that hazard machines are properly shut off and will not be started up before and during the maintenance and servicing of the equipment. This is done to prevent hazardous energy from escaping or being released. You need to do this to ensure that the power source is isolated and rendered inoperative before any repair procedure is started.

Make sure all affected employees are trained. Employers are required to provide lockout tagout training to employees who apply padlocks and lockout tags to equipment. However, machine operators and all workers who work near an equipment must also receive training. In addition, all other employees, and even management employees, must undergo awareness training on lockout/tagout and the policies against removal of lockout locks and tags from energy isolating devices or attempting to operate locked out equipment. This goes for all new hires or those holding new positions as well. 

You, as employers, are required to conduct an annual review of your lockout/tagout program to verify your program’s effectiveness. Each equipment’s specific lockout procedure should also be reviewed in real time to check if it is being performed correctly, and if it is still relevant and effective with the existing work conditions of your workplace. Performing these assessments will help ensure you and your workers are safe and keep your workplace in good running condition. 

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5 Steps to An Efficient & Accident-Free Warehouse

Reform Foam Impact ProtectorsRunning a warehouse can be overwhelming. Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business, a warehouse supervisor must also ensure everyone’s safety and security in the warehouse facility. Warehouses, large or small, can be hazardous places. As warehouse manager, it is also your responsibility to promote and enforce safety practices in your facility.

A safe workplace makes for an efficient one. Not only that, Canadian laws require you, as an employer, to provide a safe environment to all your employees. Here are five important safety aspects of warehouse management that you need to follow to help you achieve an efficient, safe, and accident-free work environment:

  1. Observe cleanliness and orderliness. Maintaining a neat, clean, and organized warehouse at all times will ensure a safer warehouse. Keep your floors free from water, oil, cleaning products, and other spills that may cause slips and injuries. Clear all traffic areas of pallets, cartons, plastic wraps, and other debris that may cause accidents or delay in warehouse operations.
  2. Create a safety program. Provide a well-planned warehouse safety program that fits your warehouse’s needs. Make sure all your employees are educated and knowledgeable about this program before they begin work.
  3. Safety and equipment training is essential.  Safety training courses should be mandatory, along with vehicle and equipment courses, for all workers who will be operating warehouse equipment such as forklifts, electric stackers, mechanical loaders, lifters, and shrink wrappers. Always check if warehouse employees have attended the training or received proper certifications before handling any equipment.
  4. Enforce safety regulations. Make sure all managers, warehouse handlers, and other employees wear the appropriate PPE such as hard hats, steel-toed boots, heavy gloves, and safety goggles before working on the floor.
  5. Mitigate accidents. The movement of forklifts and other heavy equipment around your warehouse can account for a large number of accidents. This includes collision with people, collision with other vehicles, collision with the warehouse structure, and overturning of FLTs. To deal with this, you need to:
  • Plan periodic vehicle, machinery, equipment and loading dock examinations and maintenance to prevent accidents.
  • Ensure all safety features including lights, vehicle reverse sensors, and warning beeps work properly.
  • Report vehicle defects and equipment malfunctions. Make sure to oversee repairs and testing before using the item again.Conformable Foam Impact Protector
  • Equip your warehouse structure with safety equipment such as signs, bollards, and impact protectors to lessen the impact and damage of heavy-equipment collisions. Damage to your columns can potentially endanger your warehouse building. You can save on building repair by installing column protectors and foam impact protectors in key areas.

Following these safety precautions is a good start to ensuring better warehouse safety. You, as warehouse supervisor, are responsible for assuring warehouse processes are consistent with your safety plan and being followed religiously. By acting as the touchstone and safety anchor for your employees, your warehouse staff will be able to develop and carry out action plans from your safety program. In the end, it will help you achieve a safer, efficient, and successful warehouse operation.

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7 Steps To Get Your Workplace Ready For Flu Season

Workplace First Aid KitThe cold season is here – and with it comes flu season. Every year, the Canadian winter brings about an estimated 3,500 influenza-related deaths, with around 20,000 people getting hospitalized. Since the flu is highly contagious, it can easily be transferred from one person to another by the simple acts of shaking hands, coughing, sneezing, or just being in close contact with someone who is sick. So what is the best way to deal with this? The answer is the most sensible one: through prevention.

One of the most vulnerable places to catch the flu is the workplace. Colds and viruses not only get transferred from person to person, but also from surface to surface. When an infected co-worker coughs or sneezes in the air, the flu or cold virus becomes airborne while flu droplets can lands on work surfaces. When another person breathes the infected air or comes into contact with the affected surface, the virus is then transferred.

Preventing the flu in the workplace can be easy with proper guidelines and the right tools on hand. The following steps can help you create a flu-free work environment and get you ready to take the cold season head-on:Employee Pandemic Flu Kits

  1. Know the lowdown on influenza. Educate yourself and your staff on what the flu is and what it isn’t. You can do this by posting and distributing educational materials to your employees on general flu facts, the importance of flu vaccinations, proper cleaning and disinfection. You can also provide office wellness tips on how to stay healthy this winter.
  2. Start a flu vaccination campaign. According to FightFlu.ca, flu shots can prevent flu illness in up to 70% of healthy children and adults. Encourage your employees to get a flu vaccine for themselves and their family. You can work with a community mass vaccinator to schedule an onsite or offsite flu vaccination clinic. Allow your employees time off to get vaccinated. You can even cover the flu vaccines with low or no-pocket costs through your company’s health plans. Lastly, promote your flu shot drive through staff meetings,  employee newsletters, email notices, or through employee engagement activities such as employee vaccination contests and trivia games.
  3. Promote sanitary practices in your workplace. Start talking to your staff about the importance of covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting hands after. Hand washing is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of infections. Make sure everyone is washing their hands often and properly with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
  4. Step up your cleanliness program at work. Did you know that on average your work desk alone contains 400 times more bacteria than a toilet, and that they can live for up to 48 hours on your desk? Let your staff know about these numbers and put emphasize on hygiene in the workplace. Make sure that common surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, telephones, and other frequently touched objects are regularly cleaned and disinfected.Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer
  5. Make hygiene and disinfecting products available to everyone. Provide tissues, hand soap, disinfectants, disposable towels, and germ-killing hand sanitizers for your staff to clean their hands and work surfaces.  Place these products in areas identified as germ hot spots and consider using hands-free soap dispensers in the bathrooms.
  6. Protect your staff. Your staff is your most valuable asset. Encourage workers to stay home when sick. Many employees come to work sick because they can’t afford to miss work or are concerned with absenteeism. Offer flexibility in work schedules so your staff can stay home when sick or work from home.  A worker who comes in sick will just put his co-workers at risk of also catching the flu.
  7. Provide the proper PPE apparel to your workers. Workers who are exposed to cold and wet weather without the appropriate winter PPE are not only in danger of potential accidents, but also of health hazards. Make sure your employees are wearing the correct PPE clothing and are following safety protocols while performing their tasks.

As an employer, it is also important that you set a good example and follow your own advice on flu prevention. This means that you also observe the proper hygiene, use the correct winter PPE tools, stay home when you are sick to keep your germs out of the workplace. A widespread outbreak of the flu or a pandemic in your workplace can have serious consequences. Everyone at work needs to take these steps to prevent the spread of germs and viruses that is critical to good health. As the old saying goes, prevention is still the best medicine. It also makes for good business sense.
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