We are sure that nobody wants to deal with work-related injuries and accidents because it represents a bad experience for all parties involved. Unfortunately, there are lots of potential hazards in every workplace. Employers have the responsibility to ensure the health, safety and well-being of their employees by making efforts and improving work environments.
In this blog, we will go deeper into why it’s important to have safety procedures in your workplace.
Prevent workplace injuries
Although accidents at work are very common, it doesn’t mean that these situations can’t be prevented or deescalated. In 2018, The National Safety Council indicated that the main three causes of work-related injuries in the United States are overexertion and bodily reaction, falls, slips and trips and contact with objects and equipment. Potential hazards and injuries at workplace can be reduced by providing effective training on proper workplace safety practices.
According to ESH Today, US companies pay $62 billion per year for workplace injuries. Not only considering workplace injury expenses that involve medical costs and compensations but also indirect costs that employers will have to manage such as lost productivity, hiring temporary workers and damage to company’s reputation as well as the employees’ confidence. Next time, whether you decide to include new safety procedures at your workplace or not, just keep this in mind.
Maintain workers engagement
It means having safety procedures that engages and involves employees in across the way. When safety programs are transparent, employees are informed about how to prevent infectious diseases, safety inspections and potential risks. Not only are employees receiving safety training but also it can develop their leadership capabilities when it comes to identifying problems and generating solutions for safety related risks.
Compliance with laws and regulations
We have already mentioned some consequences of not having safety procedures in the workplace. You could lose employees, money, customers, productivity and damage the reputation of the company. Moreover, there can be tremendous consequences when employers don’t enforce safety within OSHA’s legal standards. Some examples are receiving fines and the risk of having a temporary or permanent shutdown of the business.
Having safety procedures is essential in every industry as well as having the right resources, tools and equipment that add value to employee and workplace safety. Kwema is an example of a safety wearable service that can mitigate these safety risks by providing employees with discrete devices that activate an emergency protocol, alerting safety supervisors or 911 and contact tracing at your workplace.