Safety PosterProduct ID: slice_poster
net: €0,44 gross: €0,54 (inc. VAT)
Every year, hand and wrist injuries cost millions of dollars in the workplace. Most of these injuries are caused by cuts, and many cause permanent damage to workers. Why not prevent injuries caused by cuts in the first place? Hang this poster in warehouse, shipping and receiving areas, on factory floors … wherever someone uses potentially dangerous tools. Remind everyone in the workplace that safety is your top priority.
ARE KNIFE INJURIES COMMON?
Our poster on packaging knife safety notes that “more than one million hospital visits in the U.S. each year are due to hand injuries caused by dangerous blades.” This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Safety Council lists “cuts, lacerations and punctures” as one of the top three workplace injuries in the United States. The short answer is yes, knife injuries are terribly common.
They are not only common, but expensive. Once you calculate the cost of potential human suffering (for the worker and anyone dependent on their wages), there are many costs associated with the injury itself. These include medical expenses, workers’ compensation and increased insurance premiums. The loss of productivity has a ripple effect of indirect costs, including training if worker replacement is necessary. According to OSHA, direct and indirect costs add up to more than $44,000 on average for a single injury. This figure does not include sales required to make up for lost time.
WHY IS A POSTER HELPFUL?
Psychologists who study habits point out that every habit has three components: a cue, a routine and a reward. If your employees are in the habit of using knives in an unsafe manner, your job is to break that bad habit and replace it with a better one: practicing safe package cutting.
Changing habits is sometimes difficult because the reward is not immediately apparent. Workers don’t think, “I managed to make a cut without hurting myself!” every time they use a knife. So the reward in this case is somewhat invisible. The routine is described in our knife safety poster: cut away from the body, be careful, wear gloves and control blade exposure. These practices should always be communicated during personal training.
But what about the tip? That’s where the safety poster comes in. Every time your employees see the poster: on the wall, in the workroom, in the hallways, they will be reminded of safe cutting practices. If you think the message is becoming outdated or that the poster is starting to blend into the background, move it! If it appears in new places, the clue will stay fresh.