As an employer, workplace safety should be a chief concern. After all, creating a safe work environment decreases workplace illness and injury, reduces stress, promotes productivity and encourages employee longevity. What’s more, maintaining a safe work setting can save employers from costly expenses related to workers’ compensation, employment liability lawsuits, and other risk issues.
Here are a few steps that can help you identify concerns and create a safe work environment for your workers.
1. Be Proactive
Safety talks should not be reserved solely for mandatory trainings once a year. Blue collar businesses in particular should have safety conversations regularly, making safety a part of company culture. But every business, from construction to marketing, should ensure all safety protocols are being followed. Your workers should be aware of these safety standards from day one, and management must lead by example. Try implementing an illness and injury prevention program to help identify and rectify any potentially hazardous issues in the workplace. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
2. Offer Benefits
Something as simple as offering health care plans for your employees can have a tremendous impact on their workplace well-being. By showing your workers that you care about their overall health, you are also encouraging them to do the same. According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, businesses who offer health management systems drastically reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as the costs associated with them. Medical expenses, workers’ compensation payments, and lost productivity can quickly turn into a costly nightmare for small business owners.
3. Be All-Inclusive
When considering safety in the workplace, we often think about physical safety. There are other forms of safety that should be addressed as well. When setting up safety plans, be sure that your human resources department takes all forms of safety into consideration. Your workplace should respect all basic human rights and operate without discrimination toward any religion, race, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, ace, sex, class or any other protected classes. Develop a strong, all-inclusive nondiscrimination policy and implement it along with your physical safety standards.
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Safety in the workplace is imperative, and these three tips can help you create a safe work environment for everyone at your work site. If you have concerns about specific human resource requirements or benefits programs, consider talking to a Professional Employer Organization who can help manage these responsibilities on your behalf. A PEO can also give you access to exclusive cost saving benefits plans and risk management solutions to help you create a safer work environment.