Lauren Kornutick, a Sr. Claims and Loss Control Representative at Lamb Financial Group, recently offered up some valuable advice for employers on ensuring safety and health in the workplace:
“Be mindful of the small stuff!”
Here’s a perfect example of why you do need to sweat the small stuff when it comes to ensuring a healthy and safe working environment:
Lauren was on a site conducting a health and safety inspection, and everything appeared to be in compliance. But it would only appear that way to the untrained eye! Lauren quickly noticed that the inspection tags on the fire extinguishers – which are often hidden on the back of the extinguishers – were not up to date.
Do you know the last time the dates were checked on all of the extinguishers in your company’s building? The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) confirms that extinguishers do expire! As explained by InterNachi, here are a few common reasons why extinguishers expire.
“. . . over time, the seal on the neck will weaken and allow compressed gas to escape. Extinguishers that have lost much of their pressure will not operate . . . ‘ABC’ class extinguishers (ammonium phosphate) have the tendency to fail due to solidification of the chemical in the canister base.”
Ensuring that all the extinguishers in your company’s building are up to date and in proper working condition is just one example of what could be considered “the small stuff.” Here are a few other details that OSHA notes are often overlooked. .
- Piles of equipment or supplies that could be dangerous if disrupted.
- Poor lighting that could result in incidents or accidents on steps, walkways, etc.
- Extension cords, piping, and any other object that could be a tripping hazard.
- Loose guard rails, handrails, or windows.
- Any objects that could potentially block aisles, escape paths, fire extinguishers, etc.
The list goes on and on! You can never be too careful when it comes to ensuring that your staff and employees are safe and that you are protected as well.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the safety and health programs at your business, contact Lamb Financial Group in New York or Pennsylvania at 1.866.481.5262.