As we enter the month of August, we tend to focus on getting ready for back to school and the upcoming fall season. However, in the workplace, August is the time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Safe and Sound Week. Safe and Sound Week is a nationwide event aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. With this information in mind, the experienced workplace injury lawyers at Liggett Law Group are sharing a few safety tips in celebration of this annual event.
Find and Fix Work Safety Hazards Before Disaster Strikes
Every effective work safety program should include a systematic process for identifying and containing workplace hazards. This is important, as traditional approaches to finding and removing workplace hazards can sometimes be reactive. For example, productive actions may be taken once a worker is already injured, becomes ill due to poor working conditions, if a new regulation is published, or an outside inspection happens to find a problem that needs fixing. With that being said, finding and fixing hazards with a proactive approach, before they occur, is far more effective and less costly in the long run.
Include Management Leadership to Drive Improvements
Management leadership means there is a commitment from the top down regarding implementing a program and utilizing it to drive improvements. In regards to workplace safety, when leadership is sincere and takes visible steps, employees know their safety and overall health are important to the business and its success. Upper management can demonstrate its commitment to safety in many different ways, such as developing and communicating a safety policy statement, providing resources needed to implement and operate certain programs, and of course leading by example by practicing safe behaviors and making safety part of everyday conversations.
Ensure all Employees Participate in Workplace Safety Programs
Incorporating effective workplace safety and health programs can only go so far if employees don’t actively engage in them. These programs tap into workers’ collective experience, knowledge, and insight in order to find solutions to workplace safety and health challenges. This is especially important, as workers often know the most about potential hazards associated with their jobs. Once these employees are involved in finding meaningful solutions, they feel more invested in the program. In order to maximize participation, workers must feel they are free of any sort of retaliation or discrimination should they report an issue. Employers also need to provide all necessary training to workers so they can recognize workplace dangers and take steps to rectify them.
Workplace Injury Lawyers
Employers have certain responsibilities to their employees to keep them safe on the job. Unfortunately, many employers do not take this responsibility seriously and choose to put profits before people. If you were injured at work, Liggett Law Group can help. We can analyze your situation and help hold negligent employers responsible. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.