Five Workplace Safety Videos New Hires Should Watch Heading into 2021

5 safety videos to show new hires

Your workplace safety team works hard to detect and report all the risks in your facility. They also figure out the best ways for your staff to avoid those risks, or to let them know what to do in case of accidents. The next vital step is getting that information out quickly to your staff, so everyone sees it as soon as possible. Workplace safety videos played on digital message boards have become crucial tools in sharing safety tips every employee should know, especially new hires.

The more aware of your organization’s safety policies your team members are via thoughtful employee safety videos, the more secure and confident everyone feels to do their job each day.

Workplace Safety Videos New Hires Should Watch to Prepare for the 2021 Work Year

The year 2020 has thrown some serious curveballs everyone’s way, including workplace safety. It is time to start looking to 2021 with hope and effort to make sure all runs smoothly.

Here are five worker safety video ideas and examples to share with new hires and the rest of your invaluable team to get ready for a safe and productive 2021.

1. Quick Safety Tips for Assembly Lines

Released in May 2020 by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Assembly Lines is a brief video discussing how to manage safety concerns associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The video recommends assembly line procedures to maintain social distancing and mask-wearing. Facility managers should modify the alignment of workstations when possible to avoid stationing employees closer than six feet between one another. Here are a few additional tips to keep your assembly line workers safe:

  • Avoid placing workers face-to-face. Instead, toggle the placement team members along the assembly to provide a clear space in front of them.
  • Invest in vertical partitions between side-by-side workers to enhance the effectiveness of social distancing practices.
  • Add horizontal partitions in cases where workers must work face-to-face to exchange pieces or materials below the partition.

2. Putting On and Taking Off a Mask

The DOL released Putting On and Taking Off a Mask in May 2020 to help manufacturing and warehouse leaders keep team members safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. This safety training video offers essential steps in putting on and taking off a protective mask to keep each worker and their fellow workers safe.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Inspect your mask to make sure there is no damage to it.
  3. Put on your mask, cupping it in your hand with the nosepiece at your fingertips and with the straps hanging below your hand. Next, lift the mask up over your chin with the nosepiece up before raising the strap over your face, resting at the top-back of your head. If you have a second strap, position it behind your head and below your ears. Do not crisscross the two straps.
  4. Adjust the mask. If your mask has a nose clip, place your fingers on it to mold and adjust the mask to the shape of your nose. Then, check to ensure you have a proper seal by taking a breath to see if the respirator seals to your face. If you feel a leak, there is not a proper seal, indicating that you need to readjust the nosepiece or straps.
  5. To remove the mask, start by thoroughly washing your hands. Pull the bottom strap over your head from the back of your neck and under your ears until it is in front of your face and under your chin. Make sure you avoid touching the respirator, then carefully remove the top strap.
  6. Discard the mask and thoroughly wash your hands.

3. 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continually seeks ways to prevent workplace falls to create a feeling of security for workers each day. The DOL’s 2019 video 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls suggests some safety ideas:

  1. Create a fall prevention plan before starting a job.
  2. When working at six feet or higher, use fall protection.
  3. Provide workers with the right equipment for the job.
  4. Train everyone to use the equipment safely.
  5. Inspect your harness, lanyard, and anchorage point before each use.

By sharing a brief and crucial employee safety video like this, you can prevent falls and injuries and save lives.

4. Handwashing Practices to Keep Workers Safe: COVID-19 Quick Safety Tips

The DOL produced and released Handwashing Practices to Keep Workers Safe in April 2020 to provide clear guidelines in the earlier stages of the Coronavirus pandemic. The brief video reminds everyone that reducing the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Handwashing is a vital part of that, helping to keep employees safer. It is also important to provide easily accessible handwashing stations for customers and visitors. Ideally, your handwashing stations offer hot water and soap. However, if you cannot provide that, offer hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

5. Free OSHA Training Tutorial – Portable Fire Extinguishers – Understanding Their Use and Limitations

OSHA Training Services provided Portable Fire Extinguishers – Understanding Their Use and Limitations to continue its efforts to help companies stay safe from fire hazards. The video offers considerations regarding when it is the right time to use your portable fire extinguisher:

  • Is the fire too large to control?
  • Is it the right type and size of extinguisher?
  • What are the steps to use the extinguisher properly and effectively?

The video goes on to share the best times and circumstances to use your business’s portable fire extinguishers effectively.

Keeping Workers Safe in 2021

Hopefully, COVID-19 will have long passed when 2021 rings in on January 1st, but it is important to continue planning for Coronavirus-related concerns and the usual issues business leaders face in workplace safety. With the Marlin digital signage system meant to communicate critical safety messages and videos like the ones listed here, you can help your employees navigate the new year with comfort and confidence in their job and your leadership. Learn more here.

October 19, 2020

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