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No-Rings Policy: A Tough Safety Sell

accident safety

Wearing rings and other jewelry while working with power equipment can be extremely hazardous.

Many people see their wedding ring as their most cherished possession. It’s an important symbol for an important part of someone’s life, but wearing a wedding ring on the job can be dangerous in some situations. For employers looking to protect their employees in high-risk situations, a no-ring policy may be a good idea, but don’t expect the new rule to go over easily.  In order to make sure your new rule is accepted and understood, be sure to communicate a few main points about the safety measure to your employees.

Why Have this Policy?

Your employees undoubtedly understand that they work in a dangerous environment. It’s up to you as an employer to ensure that the people who work for you are given every opportunity to work in as safe an environment as the job allows. Be clear that a no rings or jewelry policy is in their best interest, and is intended to make their work environment safer not just for them, but for their co-workers as well.  Set clear rules and penalties to breaking them.

Accident Examples and Statistics

The best way to convince your employees that your new safety measure is necessary is to provide accident examples and statistics. The obvious risk of wearing a ring in the workplace in the potential for the loss of a finger, but there are more serious risks. In 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration calculated that 1.3% of construction worker fatalities on the job occurred from be caught in or in between equipment. Rings and other jewelry can lead to this type of fatality, and should not be worn on the job site to decrease the chance of this happening.

Prioritizing Safety with G & M Services

G & M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. Our employees are also rewarded for positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.

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