Safety in the Workplace
Safety in the Workplace
Employers have very specific roles, obligations and duties to keep all of their workers safe. Safety standards and procedures must be put in place, and everyone needs to follow the standards and procedures for them to be truly effective.
This might mean that workplaces need to change the way they do things to ensure that EVERYONE is ALWAYS safe. Workplace safety takes on many forms. Some of them are more obvious that others, such as working with hazardous chemical and wearing protective gear, or keeping a record of injuries and incidents. Other aspects of safety in the workplace are easily overlooked, especially in an office environment. Simple things like ensuring that the office furniture is ergonomic, or that computer-based employees are required to routinely stand, stretch and take a break from the screen.
Did you know that workplace violence accounts for one quarter of work-related deaths? Businesses can introduce programs to help workers identify and diffuse conflict, manage stress and anger and respect others' diversity.
Workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone in an organisation and must be promoted from the top, all the way down the worker chain. Managers can involve workers by asking for ideas to improve safety, or provide incentives such as having in-house contest where winners have strong safety records. Continuous training and boosting work morale also reduces boredom. When workers are bored or have no interest, they are most likely to ignore safety.
Workers can be taught strategies and techniques for managing stress that initiates outside the workplace but is brought into the workplace unintentionally. Avoiding stress altogether can sometimes be very difficult, but using strategies such as learning to say 'no', or avoiding stressful people and environments can significantly reduce the risk of a workplace safety incident.
Sometimes we need to accept that a situation is less that ideal or that we are in a situation we cannot control. When this happens at work, we can change focus, stay positive, discuss and move on. Your safety is worth more that anything.
Is it time you reviewed your safety in the workplace?
Sue’s devotion to Learning and Development is conveniently her area of expertise. Sue and her husband Rob founded Calculation to support their family while indulging in their passion of helping others and working with SMEs. For over 30 years she has been able to assist a wide range of clients, each with their own unique requirements. Sue uses her well-honed skill set to design, deliver and implement interactive training activities in a face to face or virtual environment. Team work – tick, soft skills – tick, Microsoft products – tick, Financial Services – tick, Train the Trainer – tick.