June is National Safety Month, as recognized by the National Safety Council , and each week they are focusing on a different safety topic. This week's focus is on ergonomics and how by taking action you can help to prevent injuries in your workplace.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.9 million recordable non-fatal injuries and illnesses in Private sector industry in the USA in 2016. In addition to their social costs, workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on an employer's bottom line. According to The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it has been estimated that employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers' compensation costs alone.
It can be easy to cut corners to keep up with a hectic production schedule, especially if you have done so before with no repercussions. However, it only takes one unsafe misstep to result in significant injury, or loss of life.
While most workplaces have put better training, policies, and equipment in place, it’s important to make sure these safety measures continue and do not stall. Ultimately, by reiterating the importance of safety, you will be creating a better overall workplace.
You may be wondering, as a leader, how can I reinforce safety, without making it feel like a burden or something else that needs to be done. By having crucial conversations with your employees and putting best practices in place, you can save time while keeping safety top of mind.
As the person in charge of workplace safety in your facility, you may be dealing with the proposed costs of implementing certain safety efforts, such as training and audits, and the impact on your allotted budget.
Collectively, the price of inaction where workplace safety is concerned has the potential to reach into billions … on a weekly basis.
The cost of workplace accidents, injuries, illness and even death is far, far more expensive in lives and workers’ compensation costs than conducting proper safety training and audits.
Below are workplace safety measures you can implement today that are both easy and cost-effective.
To ensure your workers go home safely after every shift, you need more than the right safety products and personal protective equipment. You need workers who are properly trained and fully engaged. Danger exists in the workplace, and no one, not even experienced professionals, are immune to accidents.
Twice a year, Arbill employees prepare for Town Hall – a week-long series of meetings and presentations that focus on new safety products and services, company initiatives, sales territory reviews, marketing updates, guest speakers, after-hours events and more.
Workplace safety initiatives are essential when it comes to maintaining a work environment that is both safe and productive. However, the safety programs you put into place don’t mean much if employees aren’t inspired to change old behaviors.