During this holiday season many employees get busy and may not pay as much attention to safety and security as needed. Here are some things to remember.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, more than 3 million workers were injured on the job in 2012. Ensuring a safe, healthy environment for all workers is vital for all workplace managers and human resources staff to protect the comfort and livelihood of all workers and maximize long-term productivity and profit.
Controlling the Variables: Preventing Injury and Promoting Health
A persistent threat to worker safety and productivity is injury or illness because of poorly managed workplace conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that businesses spend a total of $170 billion dollars annually in costs associated with workplace injury or illness. Using the training materials provided by OSHA is one step toward preventing workplace injury or illness. You should also clearly post safety guidelines and requirements and make sure you are following all proper procedures for dealing with hazardous materials on the job site. Encourage open conversations with your staff about how to find preventive solutions for potentially dangerous situations, and make sure you have proper first-aid care ready for any slips and falls or otherwise minor injuries that happen on the job.
During heavy workflow and longer hours, remind workers to take care of their health, and listen to any concerns about health or exhaustion that they voice. Granting time off for preventive care may feel like a waste of time and resources in the short term, but it’s important that your workers know you value their health and encourage them to take steps to stay healthy and refreshed to be more productive in the long run.
Reducing Crime: Preventive Measures to Keep All Employees Safe
In addition to preventing injury and illness, it’s also important to take steps to ensure that workers feel safe from violent crime, theft and identify fraud. Establish clear company policies for securing valuables and enact protocols for how your business handles visitors at your workplace so that your staff is empowered to take responsibility for their safety and the safety of their coworkers. You also should establish procedures for passwords and information sharing to keep cyber predators from accessing sensitive information. Services offered by a company such as Lifelock enable you to offer employees protection from identify theft and fraud on an individual level.
Staying in touch about potential safety issues on the job can be as easy as regularly scheduling a weekly, or monthly check-in so you can hear potential concerns directly from your employees. Some workplaces, especially hospitals where there are a proportionally larger number of potential safety issues, even schedule daily safety check-ins to get the staff on the same page about protocols in the event of an on the job safety hazard.
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