Over 5000 workers died on the job in 2019. Even more of them are injured in workplace accidents.
The last thing you want is for this to happen to one of your employees. For this reason, employee safety is paramount.
Here are all of the ways you can keep your employees safe.
Put the Proper Resources in Place
You should make sure you have the proper resources in place for your employees.
For example, if you work with chemicals, you need SDS software for these reasons. If you work in construction, you may need to make sure you have safety gear or can advise your employees on what to purchase to keep them protected.
If you often work in close proximity with others, consider providing COVID-19 tests too.
Provide Employee Training
Training is one of the best ways of preventing injuries.
Many people think a workplace only needs training if the people work with heavy machinery and equipment. Not so!
Even people who work in offices may need training. Sitting on a chair with poor posture for long periods of time can impact someone’s health, and they need to know what to do to prevent this from building up.
You can also provide training to reduce stress and improve mental health, as well as resources such as a counselor.
Inspect Equipment Often
If you have equipment in your workplace, make sure you inspect it often for faults.
Don’t delay doing this, even though it might seem like everything is fine — you never know when something is going to go wrong.
Listen to Feedback
Make sure you’re always open to feedback from your employees. This can be key in preventing accidents if they notice something wrong that you don’t — and it may be that they can suggest ways to reduce stress in the office too.
Sending out an anonymous survey for them to fill in can also help.
You should also try to allow flexibility where possible, as this will produce happy employees! For example:
- Allow paid time off when they want it
- Allow them to work from where they choose
- Allow them to choose their hours
If any of these things are possible, do it. You might worry that it will cause productivity to go down but the truth is, it’s likely to make it go up since they’re in control of their own work!
You don’t need to micromanage and, in fact, there are benefits to actively not doing it.
Employee Safety Is Key
Employee safety is key in any workplace. Not only is it important to make sure your employees are safe and happy — the most important thing — but it helps keep production and profits up, as your employees are motivated to get things done.
Implement as many of these things as possible! You’ll reap the rewards.
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