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Safety is good for business, and protecting your employees is practical. A study has shown several benefits for making your workplace safer. These include protecting your employees from illnesses and lowering your injury costs. You’ll also reduce employee absenteeism and turnover and boost productivity. You cannot undervalue the importance of workplace safety, and taking a proactive approach will ensure your business reaps its numerous benefits. Here are four inexpensive ways to make your workplace safer.
- Declutter the workplace
A cluttered workplace is prone to unnecessary accidents. For example, having boxes in the way and slippery floors put employees at risk of falls. Regularly inspect your workplace for potential hazards such as untidy tools, cluttered floors and tangled cords. You can get organisers and other types of storage to organise files, boxes etc. Better still, consider swapping paper for digital options like storing information on the cloud.
- Prioritise safety protocols from the start
Workplace safety begins with hiring qualified and detail-oriented employees. Aside from that, your workplace becomes safer when your workers obey the safety regulations and perform the jobs according to laid down procedures. You may want to collaborate with physical therapists and I/O psychologists to assess each job’s requirements and create a health and safety policy for your business. This includes valuable information your employees will need to maintain workplace safety. Consider posting this policy in areas where they are visible for employees to see. Safety is usually associated with physical activity; however, mental health is also important, and you should factor this into your policy.
- Proper employee training
While policies and procedures for workplace safety are beneficial, guaranteeing a safer workplace doesn’t rest with only the employer. It is essential to educate and train every business member on the importance of workplace safety and their responsibility in sustaining it. You don’t want to get hurt or see a colleague or employee go through the same. Most people assume work-related accidents only happen to others and workplaces. Unfortunately, this assumption leads to complacency, where accidents occur. One study suggests that workplace complacency contributes to significant errors, such as failing to keep your eyes or mind on the task and losing your balance, or grip, which raises the risk of injury. You can prevent this by instilling a safety mindset around the business or workplace.
- Keep an open dialogue on safety
Make it simple for your employees to voice their concerns about their health and safety. They can immediately report hazards and highlight potential worry areas you may have overlooked. If possible, appoint a safety captain responsible for regularly communicating staff concerns to management. You can never go wrong being over-prepared, so consider holding regular meetings to review workplace safety. When you offer your thoughts and opinions as a leader, pay attention to how others react to ensure that you don’t appear intimidating or too imposing.
As a business owner, the safety of the workplace and employees should be a top priority. So consider these safety tips to make your workplace safer, healthier, and more productive.