Injuries can become a very inconvenient part of your working life, especially when you have to take valuable time off to recover from them. If you’ve experienced being injured at work and you’re planning to make your own business now, you may very well be familiar with the woes you’ve experienced when it comes to workplace safety. However, now that you’re looking at it from the perspective of the Big Boss, you may soon come to realize that a lot of variables are in play.
First, some statistics. Numbers from the International Labor Organization indicate that around 2.78 million people do in fact become fatalities of accidents and diseases related to their occupation and livelihood. Outside these numbers are 374 million more who suffer from illnesses and injuries that, while nonfatal, still made them have to take time off from work. This time to recuperate isn’t only a loss on the part of the employee, but for the company as well. As someone who is now in charge of both making sure the company profit and at the same time keep everyone safe, you may be in a bit of an impasse. Just how do you go about improving workplace safety to avoid work injuries?
- Evaluate operations and the environment you currently work. Perhaps the best first step when it comes to assessing your workplace’s safety is a thorough examination of everything that’s going on in your company and how these activities affect an employee’s safety. This process of examination can be different depending on the industry you are in. However, perhaps important is a thorough assessment of the current protocols you have, the current tools and equipment you use, the environment you operate in, and the knowledge people have when it comes to all the policies that bind these together.
- Assess which areas to improve given your evaluation and get yourself a list. From the above, it may be easy to identify points of contention that may be used to assess whether or not a particular process within the company’s safety measures should be retained or removed. Should this equipment be replaced because it’s outdated? Has this process been proven to be a risk factor for employees? What other equipment could benefit workers? Identifying these and listing them as early as now can be of great help in the long run.
- Determine the budget you currently have and start planning purchases. From the list above, try to determine the kind of budget you can allocate to improving your workplace safety and start adjusting your parameters to fit this budget. Should something be removed or be modified to fit the budget now, or can it wait a little while longer? Identify the parts you have left off and keep them on a separate list for consideration the next time you reevaluate workplace safety.
Remember that when it comes to avoiding work injuries, there is no compromise. It’s important to get a good grasp of what needs to be improved within your workplace in order to boost its capacity to protect your workers. As you may have noticed in the above, the process works in a general sense, but you have to make sure you integrate the specifics of your particular business to help the above be able to get you in the right direction. Click here to learn more about the legal implications of workplace safety.