Halloween presents a positive change that allows employees to do something different for part of the workday. When employees are encouraged to participate in activities, it builds morale and develops relationships with co-workers. They can work together to decorate the office, at this time working on their collaboration skills. Each employee may take on a specific role, all working towards one common goal of having a fun day at the office.
• On Halloween take some time to have fun, safely!
• Halloween is a time to work together and build morale
• Limits should be set for employees working with machinery or heavy equipment
• Hold a safety meeting to discuss limitations and rules for the day
• Don’t allow a great time to turn into a life-threatening emergency
Having a fun day at the office is not an excuse for not following safety protocols. Employees have the responsibility to practice safety around the office, including the use of ladders when decorating. They should discourage pranks that could pose a safety hazard. Wearing costumes to work for the day can be fun, but it can be a potential safety hazard. Loose or bulky fitting costumes and jewelry should be avoided. Limits should be set for employees working with machinery or heavy equipment. Regardless of the costume worn by the employee, all employees should wear appropriate footwear for the job task and environment. Employers should ensure employees understand the rules and limitations by holding a safety meeting and posting signage around the workplace. At the end of the day, when the employees leave for home, it’s important to remember that children will be out trick-or-treating.
The National Safety Council offers the following tips:
• Slow down and be alert, children are excited and may dart into the street
• Turn on headlights to spot the children
• Watch for children walking on roadways, medians, and curbs
• Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys, and
• Be aware of children wearing dark clothing
A Halloween celebration can be a positive experience for workers and management. Don’t allow a great time to turn into a life-threatening emergency and dampen the spirits of your Halloween fun!
As always, stay safe out there!