In the season for broadcasting traditional holiday specials, I was reminded of the importance of safety and feeling safe as I was watching, of all things, a Charlie Brown special. The character Linus is famous for carrying his security blanket. And though the blanket offers no safety value, to Linus, it makes him feel protected. It helps him function. Without it, he feels unprotected and lost.
Feeling safe is important to all of us, especially in the workplace. But can we place a value on feeling safe? We can certainly identify costs when injuries occur, and when production drops because of workplace injuries. When employees worry about being safe, can they be most productive?
Workplace safety is the key determinant of your workers’ happiness. Yes, the culture of your workplace and the “fulfillment factor” of your employees’ jobs are also factors, but for workers to feel truly happy, they need to feel safe. And it’s this feeling of security, this awareness of safety, that not only helps to keep employees satisfied, but it has a an overwhelming impact on their productivity, which greatly impacts your company’s long-term stability, growth and success.
Employees who are safe and feel safe are much more productive and successful, and in turn, add great value to your bottom line.
What is a safe workplace environment?
A safe workplace environment is one in which the risks of workplace hazards, personal injury and property damage are low. Of course, this risk is not consistent across industries, nor is it consistent across employees in one organization. Different industries have higher levels of risk and within those industries, different types and levels of work incite higher risk than others.
What does workplace safety entail?
To safeguard workers in high-risk professions -- especially those that involve engineering, chemicals, fire, electricity and defense -- organizations must undergo thorough risk assessment with standardized safety inspections to determine the best personal protective equipment, EH&S safety training and best practices. This review by skilled professionals identifies areas where employees are at risk and outlines a blueprint for safety success that incorporates the right safety training with the right safety products needed.
It’s management’s responsibility to create and execute these programs. Employees recognize and appreciate the steps taken by their company to keep them safe. The company is also expected to issue insurance policies for its employees to help them compensate for losses that do occur and ensure financially stability.
Will your workers get home safe at the end of the day?
That’s Arbill’s mission: helping you achieve comprehensive workplace safety so each of your dedicated employees get home safe at the end of every shift.
As mentioned in a speech last year by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, “Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families and get home in one piece.”
Thanks to Charles Shultz, Linus has his blanket. And as the leader of a growing company, it’s my responsibility to “blanket” my employees and the employees of our partners by making them safe… and helping them feel safe. We do that with our knowledge of safety hazards and our expertise in personal protective equipment. We help employees grow because they are safe and feel safe. And those two elements equate to reduced injury costs and increased production.
Partner with Arbill to get your workers home safe at the end of each shift. Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with a safety specialist at Arbill.
Have a safe day!