It is no surprise that mining is a tough sector. After all, obtaining coal and other minerals from the mines seated deep inside the earth is not exactly an easy or risk-free operation. Although the mining profession is full of potential risks for your employees, making sure to follow some basic safe mining procedures can not only help your business to stay relatively safe but also protect your workforce and improve bottom-line results. Here are some crucial safety mining procedures that you need to think about to make sure that your mining business stays safe and secure, free from liabilities.
Safety standards compliance
Every industry, especially high-risk industries like mining, have to comply with every operational and safety standard dictated by the government or its affiliated agencies responsible for controlling business practices. It is advisable to follow every guideline described in the safety standard and make sure that your workplace complies with all the rules and regulations. You may also need to check the separate set of provincial regulations which are different from federal standards. Ensure compliance so that your business and employees stay safe.
One of the key aspects of preventing possible injuries is identifying possible hazards and educate your employees about them. Let your employees be aware of what are the possible dangerous circumstances in their work, how to stay protected against them and how to manage different types of injuries.
Whether it is a coal mine, a welding shop or an equipment repair store, any place where there is a high risk of injury to employees and workers, it is essential to implement a well-conceived safety and health program that outlines the dos and don’ts for ensuring workplace safety. In addition, such places must have frequent safety examinations, typically a vehicle that is specifically allocated to handle emergency accidents and a well equipped first aid kit for minor bruises and cuts. Frequent employee training can help employees to be aware of what their duties and obligations are in an emergency to help control the crises. It is best to have a weekly routine maintenance check undertaken by a dedicated team so that any discrepancies can be addressed immediately.
Organizing regular safety drills
You may already be aware that most organizations are required to carry out mock safety drills to retrain their employees on how to save themselves in the event of a fire. Employees need to be monitored frequently on whether or not they are equipped to use the prescribed safety procedures. It is best to monitor employees using mock drills and point out positive or corrective feedback to make the drill effective.
One of the critical things that many organizations fail to consider is employee feedback and suggestions. Although you may have a safety drill and a bunch of safety practices in use, it is important to consider the feedback and suggestions of employees to improve safety.
The article is authored by a leading safety and health standards practitioner working with Sees Inc., known as the largest manufacturer of safest and top quality replacement parts. They bring a decade of expertise in elevator service and construction and attribute their success hugely to fostering a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. Sees Inc. is helping several business partners, customers and clients to realize profits and improve bottom-line results through their services.