Workplace safety is a frequently-discussed topic both in the news and online. Employers must try to find a balance between production costs and employee safety. The implication that you can only have one or the other is a myth that needs to be quickly dispelled. Even making small changes, such as having regular safety training classes, keeping a registered nurse or medic on staff, or just installing noise reducing casters on movable equipment, can go a long way to reduce injuries to workers. When employees are healthy and able to work, production is done more efficiently.
Balance the Workload
Many of the hazards that laborers face can be avoided if they are educated and alert to their surroundings. Assign tasks that require the most concentration earlier in the day to avoid mistakes due to employees being tired or burned out. Ensure they have regular break times to de-stress and relax so they can come back to work ready to take on the next task.
Educate Your Employees
It is also important that workers be educated on both physical and machine safety. Simple things like using good posture and being aware of the people and activities around you can reduce job site incidents. Employees should be thoroughly trained on the use of equipment both large and small. Improper use of machinery is a huge safety risk and can be expensive for both the employee and employer in the long run.
Inspire Workplace Confidence
No matter the workplace, laborers should feel confident and safe bringing safety hazards to light. Supervisors are not only legally obligated to maintain workplace safety, but should be grateful that they can fix a small issue before it becomes a huge problem.
When employees are educated, trained, and feel safe and confident in reporting potential hazards, issues can be addressed before they become dangerous. A safe workplace is not only better for employees but for an employer’s bottom line as well.