Employers’ Responsibility to Prevent Workplace Injuries
Minor Workplace accidents can leave a big impact on your business. Between the paper works, medical bills, productivity, all the workers’ compensation paperwork, and the low morale the costs are high. Preventive measures are the best way to avoid an injury. Re-invent your workspace with some of the following tips and protect your workforce.
Incorporate a safety and wellness plan
Effective prevention program can be an environmental-work solution and a foundation for safe work. A plan needs to cover all levels of employee safety and health with the encouragement to report hazardous practices and sometimes behavior. The wellness plan for your employees will have a positive impact on a relationship among the people.
Some types of accidents are caused by inexperience and the inability to physically perform the position required. Screening applicant can help you determine your location matching physical capabilities that are needed.
Educate employees and management staff
Continually representation of a safety standard among employees and management can help them slowly process workplace safety on another level. Train employees about the importance of following safety measures as often as possible. Some extra workout can help body mechanics to reduce strain injuries, and keep employees safe during lifting and moving (if the job requires physical work)!
Research safety strategy for your type of business
Every niche is different. Every company is unique. There are no universal safety features for all the businesses out there. Pay extra attention to common accidents and try to develop strategies to keep these setbacks from happening.
Provide protection equipment
Personal protection equipment is very important; it should be present at hiring and meetings. With little extra monitoring, you can make this work. Take time and teach your employees how to properly manage goggles, face protection, hats, gloves, earplugs and safety shoes.
Have adequate staffing levels
More often, overtime hours are always out there, because of low staffing levels. Overworking is a double-edged sword and employees may suffer from exhaustion and cut corners to meet or exceed output. Hiring seasonal staff or part-time staff could help prevent accidents due to exhaustion.
Shortcuts are the wrong cuts
An accident can happen to anyone occasionally. The employee can skip steps to complete a job ahead of schedule. Make sure all instructions are clear and organized to prevent undue mishaps in the workplace.
Maintain all company vehicles
60 billion dollars per year is the sum that employers collectively pay per year according to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Maintenance should include monthly inspections and repairing vehicles as soon as possible.
Monitor Safety measures
After initial training, try to reinforce safety measures when the opportunity arrives. Staff meetings, educational seminars, supervision, etc. Reward employees who abide by setting standards as a good example.
Keep an orderly workplace
Poor housekeeping can cause serious health issues and safety hazard. Hygiene prevention is always required. The layout of the workplace should have adequate footpath markings, be free of debris, and stations for cleaning up spills.