The 11 Best Worksite Safety Articles You Should Read in 2021

March 22, 2021
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Safety in 2020 was a new and always-changing subject, and we know it might have been hard for you to keep up. Now that we’re a few months into 2021—and a year into the pandemic—we thought it was time to share some articles we think will shape worksite safety this year.

Rather than spending your time digging through the pages of safety news and articles, we did it for you. In addition to COVID-related topics, we curated articles about creating and improving safety programs, reporting near misses, and preventing injuries and incidents. Check them out below. After that, please let us know what you think down in the comments section.


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1. What’s New and Changing for Worksite Health and Safety in 2021

It’s been a year since COVID-19 changed the way we live and work. This article highlights some of those changes and shares links to useful articles to help businesses meet worldwide safety guidelines. It also provides a calendar for upcoming safety-related events and initiatives in 2021.


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2. Successful Safety Incentive Programs

Aware employees are safe employees, and nothing prompts awareness like incentives. But what is a safety incentive program? How do you create one? And what’s the right incentive for the results you want? In other words, this article covers safety incentive programs from A to Z—and it even includes examples of successful programs to help kick off your own.


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3. 12 Worksite Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know in 2021

This article provides action-packed ideas for improving safety in your organization, from setting protocols and creating reporting procedures to reducing stress and providing the right environment for employees. There are plenty to choose from, and any of them could make a big difference for your company.


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4. How Do You Encourage Workers to Report a Near Miss?

Near misses show companies what isn’t working and how they can improve worker safety. However, many employees are afraid they’ll be blamed or punished if they report a near miss, so these issues go unsolved—and might not be a near miss next time. This article can help you start a conversation about near misses in your organization and improve reporting and investigation. Above all, it’s a great start toward making your worksite safer for everyone.


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5. Preventing Back Injuries on the Worksite

Back injuries are typically caused by force, repetition, and inactivity. All three can be found in workplaces—and if not prevented, they can keep workers on the sidelines. This article shares useful suggestions to help employees watch their backs healthy, avoid injury, and stay healthy and productive.


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6. Safety Leaders You’ll Want to Follow

Safety is a conversation with many voices, and the eight people described in this article are some of the most influential. Read these experts’ articles, social posts, and books to discover new safety insights for 2021. It’s one of the best ways to stay on top of changing regulations and recommendations and to help your employees in the process.


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7. Answering Your Questions About Repetitive Strain Injury

Doing the same activities over and over can cause severe injuries—and it can affect anyone, anywhere. Even if your workers are all working from home, repetitive strain injury (RSI) can affect their health and the way they work. This article explains the causes and dangers of RSI, as well as how to reduce risk and protect employees.


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8. Manage Your Worksite Hazards

How do you notice and deal with hazards in your workplace? Do you have a defined process in place? If not, take a look at this useful infographic. It’ll guide you through the process of creating a formal hazard assessment for your organization so you can quickly identify, assess, and control any possible safety issues.


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9. How to Manage Workplace Stress in the Midst of the Coronavirus/COVID-19

Mental health can affect your workers just as much as physical disease or even addiction. And in these challenging times, mental wellbeing is hard to manage. This article offers four useful tips and related links to help you prioritize your employees’ mental health—in addition to boosting your organization’s productivity in the process.


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10. New Ways of Working Safely

You likely already have practices in place to help your business follow guidelines from local and worldwide health authorities. But because the situation keeps evolving, it’s a good idea to stay on top of those changing standards and adapt safety practices to keep your workers and customers safe.


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11. Situational Awareness

No matter how thorough your organization’s safety program is, there’s always room for human error. Some hazards can be avoided just through a better awareness of your surroundings. By teaching workers to watch what’s going on around them, especially in familiar settings where they may be less observant, you can keep dangerous situations from becoming incidents.


 

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Gateway values the need to arrive safe, work safe, and go home safe. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a work culture that prioritizes safety.

As such, we update this article every year with up-to-date safety articles.

Is there a safety topic you feel should be on this list? We hope youll take a moment to let us know in the comments section below!

*Please note: Gateway Mechanical doesn’t endorse any of the companies or products backing these articles, and we don’t receive any payment or other compensation for including their articles in this list.

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