Employers and Human Resources Professionals Agree: “Workplace Safety Is Our Primary Responsibility, but…”
They also ask: “Can, and should, our workplace safety practices be streamlined and improved?”
We’ve all heard of, and possibly even been personally involved with accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace. We would also most likely agree that all accidents cannot be prevented and that there is no “one size fits all” solution to workplace safety.
So what’s the answer? Implementing some time-tested, common-sense safety policies and practices will go a long way toward providing a safe work environment for your internal workforce, clients, and guests.
This post will provide some guidance and reference sources for human resources and hiring professionals who want to learn more about workplace safety.
Let’s get started with some cold, hard facts. How many workplace accidents are reported in the United States annually? The answer may surprise you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019, unchanged from 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
There were 888,220 nonfatal injuries and illnesses that caused a private industry worker to miss at least one day of work in 2019, essentially unchanged from 2018.
Wow, that seems like a lot of accidents! Unfortunately, it is, and the primary consequences of workplace accidents are, first and foremost, the damaged health and wellness of the people involved.
Secondarily are the financial impacts. When workers are compelled to miss work due to accidents, they may temporarily miss out on some compensation and benefits. There could even be some form of permanent disability.
Hiring managers may also have to source temporary or contract workers to replace injured employees.
The bottom line is that workplace injuries cause harm and disruption to businesses and their most important assets; their valued employees.
This all sounds very intimidating. With some basic, common-sense precautions and sensible corporate investment, however, human resources professionals can work to provide a safe and productive workplace for employees, guests, and customers.
Here are ten commonly recognized workplace safety tips (abbreviated) from social information and blog site Lifehack (click here for the full article):
1. Know the Risks
There are some jobs that are going to come with certain risks. It is important that you understand these risks before taking on a certain job.
2. Reduce Stress in the Workplace
Many people don’t realize that workplace stress can lead to work-related injuries as well as illness.
3. Take Breaks
It is important that you take breaks as they are scheduled, and even more often if you are able.
4. Be Careful When Lifting
If your job involves heavy lifting, moving heavy items around, etc., make sure that you are doing the work properly.
5. Use Mechanical Aids
Mechanical aids are there to help you, so take advantage of them.
6. Check out Safety Resources
It is always a good idea to check out tips on various safety resources from time to time. There may be new information available that can help you stay even safer in the workplace.
7. Know Your Surroundings
It is important to know your surroundings in the workplace so you can assess any possible risks.
8. Keep Good Posture
When you are working, make sure that you keep good posture. This is going to help keep you from having a lot of back, neck, and shoulder pain, and help to avoid back injuries.
9. Have Accessible Emergency Exits
If there ever is an emergency, you need to know that all emergency exits are easily accessible.
10. Report Unsafe Conditions to Management
It is imperative that your supervisors are aware of any unsafe conditions in the workplace.
Every workplace environment is different. Each will have its unique safety requirements.
As a human resources professional, your primary responsibility is to ensure the health and well-being of all employees in the workplace, within your corporate and industry guidelines. You can educate management and staff on good safety practices for your industry and market.
Work toward a zero-accident workplace and make sure you stay abreast of safety best practices and innovations in your industry or market space.
Last but not least. Make sure everyone knows how to recognize certain medical emergencies. Companies should also offer some basic training on how employees should react and what actions they should take when these emergencies occur.
Keep in mind that we’re not all trained doctors or paramedics. Let employees know that when in doubt, call 911!
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When it comes to the safety of your employees, don’t take any shortcuts. The same goes for hiring employees. If you’re looking for qualified talent, contact Patel Consultants Corporation today!