Minimize Risk with Checklists in the Workplace

Tribes and Tribal gaming entities often encounter workplace injuries due to employees failing to exercise appropriate safety measures. A formal workplace safety program can ensure a safe and healthy environment for employees with defined procedures to prevent workplace accidents. They mitigate risk and foster a culture of safety and employee wellbeing.

Checklists play a crucial role in the effective implementation of workplace safety programs. They are simple, yet powerful tools that guide employees through safety protocols, ensuring no step is skipped or overlooked. For instance, a construction site might use a checklist to remember vital safety measures like wearing hard hats, securing scaffolding, and verifying equipment safety. Without a checklist, the risk of overlooking these precautions increases, potentially leading to severe accidents or even fatalities.

The benefits of using checklists extend beyond safety. They streamline tasks and contribute to quality control, task management, and team efficiency. Also, by providing clear instructions and expectations, checklists reduce errors and ensure consistency. In fact, a study by the World Health Organization showed that surgical teams using a safety checklist reduced their rate of inpatient complications from 11% to 7%. This demonstrates the power of checklists in minimizing errors and improving outcomes.

A safe workforce is a productive workforce. AMERIND can help you integrate a workplace safety program that harnesses the power of checklists to keep staff and patrons injury-free.

Consider implementing checklists into your workplace to:

  • Ensure safety protocols are met
  • Prevent workplace injuries
  • Reduce errors and oversight
  • Ensure consistency and efficiency
  • Increase accountability
  • Promote communication & collaboration

Workplace Injuries: By the Numbers

  • Private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022.
  • In 2022, the rate of reported workplace injuries was 2.3 cases per 100 full-time employees.
  • Over the 2021-2022 period, 66.5% of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses involved days away from work, job restriction or transfer.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, in cooperation with participating state agencies.

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