Keeping workers safe is arguably the employer’s most important job.
Not only is it the law to keep your workers safe, but it is your moral responsibility. Those working in your facility or at your worksite have families, friends, and lives outside of being employed, and their safety and health should not be compromised for a paycheck. It is critical to keep safety as your top priority and ensure your workers are returning home safely every day.
What is workplace safety?
Workplace safety encompasses many things: emergency procedures, chemical safety, first aid, equipment safety, fire safety, electrical safety, and much more. For any employer, it is important to assess the hazards of your workplace and act accordingly. Each workplace is different, so it will be important to tailor your safety efforts to fit the needs of your facility. Having an effective workplace safety strategy includes providing personal protective equipment, implementing safeguards, using administrative controls, and offering training. When workers are aware of present dangers and understand safety procedures, you will have a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.
A common saying is a safe workplace is an efficient workplace! Keeping workers safe will improve employee morale and when employees are happy in their job, the more productive they will be. A hazardous workplace can cause unnecessary stress to workers, affecting their morale and ultimately production. Employees operate much more efficiently when they know they can complete their job or task without their health being compromised. An effective safety program also works to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses, reducing the unexpected downtime of workers needing to take time off.
Occupational safety is important for so many reasons. Employees should not be compromising their health and bodily safety to complete a job. Instead, employers have both the legal and moral obligation to provide a workplace that is free from known dangers. Employers need to develop a safety strategy fit for their facility, like holding training sessions or providing PPE at no cost. Not only will you find your employees’ morale boosted, but also your production has improved as well.
What is meant by safety & health in the workplace?
When most people refer to health and safety efforts in the workplace, they primarily target eliminating workplace hazards to keep people safe from harm. However, the World Health Organization directly states that, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This infers that hazard safety can be thoroughly enforced by employers and outside government organizations all day long, but without paying any consideration to overall employee health, they may find their employees can still suffer physically, socially, or mentally.
Where do I start?
Providing an environment that meets the needs of all employees is critical, but sometimes the goal of getting to those ideal conditions is unclear for the employer. Start with the basics. As always, begin with gathering information and from there form a plan that involves achieving those goals one by one. Knowing what is needed from the get-go is always preferable no matter the environment. It allows for more concrete decision making, as well as clarity. A good place to start with the plan involves:
Start with Zagame today!
We at Zagame Security Group want to ensure that your workplace is safe and secured in every aspect possible. It is why our guards are not only Victorian Security License holders, but are also fully trained to conduct first aid, serving as a well-rounded safeguard for your business.
We tailor our security model based on your needs for your business, allowing you the liberty to communicate what specific tasks you want our security guards to do, apart from the standard procedures that come from their training.