The best way to reduce worker injuries and illnesses is of course to prevent them happening in the first place if at all possible. Countless injuries, illnesses, near-misses and fatalities occur in workplaces every year with a large proportion being avoidable if the correct procedures are implemented well. To prevent illnesses or injuries at work, it is necessary to identify all the possible Hazards and if possible eliminate them. If the hazards can’t be eliminated we must follow the hierarchy of control to control risk from hazards.
Training can play a vital part in reducing the risk of a workplace accident. Providing effective health and safety training will help to ensure that the people who work for you, know how to work safely and without risk to themselves or to others. A well-managed training programme will also help to develop a positive health and safety culture within the business as well as helping to ensure that the business meets with its legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of its employees.
Health and Safety training is very important to the success of any company. A company that takes this training seriously will be prepared in case of an emergency and will have a better chance of preventing injuries. Training is also an important part of the health and safety culture. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and other regulations, it is also a legal requirement for an employer to provide such training, with training required on recruitment, at induction, or on being exposed to new or increased risks.
Engaged workers are more aware of their surroundings and best practices around safety, and are more likely to take steps to protect their co-workers, therefore playing an important and invaluable role in preventing workplace injuries and accidents. Engaged employees are individuals that have a “Safety is everyone’s responsibility” approach to work issues and are fully invested in both their work and the company’s success. Worker engagement can be achieved by improving communication, giving recognition and encouraging interaction.
Health and safety technology
From improved eyewear to standing desks, technology has improved employee safety in the workplace over the years and continues to evolve. Companies are beginning to focusing on using technology for health and safety in the workplace more to keep up with new laws and standards. Technology has been preventing worker fatalities and injuries for years but new sophisticated tools are offering improvement in workplace safety. Employee safety monitoring, training, reporting, and worker compensation are just a few ways technology is improving workplace safety for employees.
Incidents can have a huge impact on an organisation in terms of cost, productivity and reputation. However, good incident management will reduce the impact when they do happen. Being able to detect and quickly respond to incidents will help to prevent further damage, reducing the financial and operational impact. Safety incident management provides insight into the cause of an issue, and helps avoid it recurring and also, they present good opportunities for companies to learn and enhance their performance and activities.
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