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What Is Employee Safety?

Employee safety refers to providing a safe working environment for employees by incorporating safe equipment and safe procedures at the workplace to ensure worker safety. Employee safety is important to maintain a good safe work environment to improve morale and efficiency, which in turn contribute to the growth and profitability of the company. Lack of safety procedures for employees could have legal and financial repercussions. Safety training, periodic safety inspections, and the provision of proper personal protective equipment (PPEs) are part of the employee safety mandate an organization must follow

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Why is Employee Safety Important?

Facilitating a safe and healthy work environment is not just considered a measure to protect the workers from injury and illness; safety measures also lower injury/illness costs, reduce absenteeism and improve employee morale in the organization. Simply put, safety is good for business. Employee safety also has other benefits, including

  • Improving employee retention
  • Helping to remain OSHA compliant
  • Creating a safe work environment to improve productivity
  • Safeguarding company reputation in the eyes of customers, competitors, and general public
Employee Safety Responsibilities

Employee Safety Responsibilities

Expecting a safe work environment is an essential employee expectation that every employer must meet. While OSHA mandates employee safety, creating a safe work environment improves productivity and encourages employees to trust the employers better. Here is a list of responsibilities that employers must carry out regularly to promote a safe work culture.

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    Provide workers with safety training and instruction
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    Provide workers with PPE such as masks, gloves, glasses, etc
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    Create a safe working environment, provide safety equipment, and safety procedures to protect workers.
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    Set up adequate safety supervision
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    Ensure workers do not endure mental and physical fatigue
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    Ensure that work hours do not affect worker safety and health

Safety Measures To Protect Employees

Creating a safe work environment is just as important as employee safety training. While having an EHS system is essential to automate safety processes, employers must also create a work floor that is optimized to prevent accidents or mishaps. To make the work environment a hazard-free zone, employers must make provisions and take preventive measures. Some of them are listed below. –

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    Keep office floor areas free of obstructions to avoid slips and trips
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    Inform and train employees about evacuation procedures in case of a fire emergency
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    Train staff on safe lifting to protect from musculoskeletal work injuries
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    Practice frequent breaks so that eyesight is not affected due to prolonged use of computer screens
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    Supply hearing aids to prevent hearing damage due to noisy environments

How to Motivate Employees to Create a Safety Culture

Safety guidelines and practices established in a work environment work only when the employees are also equally invested. Creating a safe work environment includes participation from employees at all levels working together to be aware and follow these standards. To motivate the employees to create a safe culture, follow these simple steps.

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    Prioritize safety in the organization’s culture
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    Leadership teams should play an integral role in implementing safety policies
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    Adopt positive reinforcements to remind employees of their contribution
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    Allow employees to take ownership of the safety process
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    Consider employee feedback to evaluate safety program

How to Motivate Employees to Create a Safety Culture

Safety guidelines and practices established in a work environment work only when the employees are also equally invested. Creating a safe work environment includes participation from employees at all levels working together to be aware and follow these standards. To motivate the employees to create a safe culture, follow these simple steps.

  • Prioritize safety in the organization’s culture
  • Leadership teams should play an integral role in implementing safety policies
  • Adopt positive reinforcements to remind employees of their contribution
  • Allow employees to take ownership of the safety process
  • Consider employee feedback to evaluate safety program

CQ Approaches in Employee Safety

Safety and health management is a complex process. An EHS system from ComplianceQuest is designed to automate the entire safety and health management program. Through automation, the entire process can be made seamless, efficient, and easy to follow. A cloud-based, scalable, modular EHS system built on the Salesforce.com platform, ComplianceQuest offers an end-to-end safety management tool for risk management. It also integrates with other business applications including the EQMS, ERP, and CRM – ensuring visibility of safety metrics across the product lifecycle.

 

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    People Safety: Manage current and emerging hazards for workers, contractors, suppliers, clients, and the community as full operations resume.
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    Safety Risk Management: Collect and analyze information from operations to understand the hazards and manage the risk.
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    Management Tools: Ensure safety managers and HR have the information at their fingertips to manage the return of staff after illness or injury
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    Facility Compliance: Provide the tools and schedule for consistent inspections to ensure the safety of people and the quality of operations.
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    Analytics: Take the guesswork out of decision-making with real-time data and metrics across the organization.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes an employee safety system successful?
An employee safety system is not a one-time job, but a continuous process that requires constant attention and review. In order to make an employee safety system successful, there are several parameters that need to be met. They are –

  • Management leadership
  • Worker participation
  • Hazard identification and assessment
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Education and training
  • Program evaluation and improvement
  • Communication and coordination for employers, contractors, and staffing agencies
What are the best practices in employee safety?

Employers must understand that the main aim of a safety and health program in a work environment is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths of employees. To ensure that the safety standards are followed diligently, we recommend these best practices.

  • Having the safety and health of employees as a top priority
  • Managers and top management including safety in the conversation
  • Capitalizing on a reporting system that records injuries, illnesses, and any other health and safety concerns
  • Continuous training to identify and control hazards
  • Monitoring the workplace through inspections
  • Listing out hazard control and improvement ideas
  • Evaluating before implementing hazard controls
  • Addressing foreseeable emergencies
  • Consulting with workers before making workplace changes
  • Discussing safety and health-related improvements

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