There’s no question about the fact that health and safety in your workplace is essential to the happiness and productivity of your employees. What many businesses don’t realise – often at their peril – is that lack of proper health and safety procedures can lead to disastrous consequences. It only takes one serious work-related injury to adversely impact your bottom line…
As a business owner, you are responsible for the health and safety of your employees when they are at the workplace. Potential hazards within your working environment can lead to unforeseen accidents or loss of a valued team member – ultimately creating extra costs and impacting the bottom line of your business.
A workplace injury can also lead to a legal battle should your employee choose to take action against you. But, following a few basic steps can save you from the hassle – and more importantly help you build a happy (and healthy!) workforce. Here’s a detailed outline of how you can integrate proper safety and health procedures within your existing infrastructure –
- Create an environment that promotes health and safety – The best workplaces set themselves apart by enhancing employee wellness and integrating safety mechanisms across all organisational procedures. These are companies that enforce rules not just for the physical safety of their employees, but for mental wellbeing and overall welfare too.
- Organise health education workshops and seminars – As part of such initiatives, you should provide clear instructions on health and safety in the workplace. Depending on the nature of your business, arrange for experts to offer adequate training. If your operations depend heavily on contractors and other external parties, ensure that they are part of your training as well even though they might not be directly employed with your organisation. Such workshops and seminars can be conducted in-house and should include topics such as potential hazards and risks in the workplace, personal safety and emergency procedures in case of any unforeseen circumstances. The scope of these topics should be revisited and revamped regularly to ensure relevancy and timeliness. Finally, schedule the training sessions on a monthly or quarterly basis – again this may differ from business to business – so that employees are fully equipped and aware at all times.
- Partner with healthcare organisations for screenings and assessments – There are several government entities and trade organisations that conduct detailed workshops and training for best practices across different industries. You can also partner with your local clinic or hospital to arrange regular medical check-up for employees to ensure their wellbeing. Moreover, for businesses looking to go the extra mile, you can promote a healthy lifestyle by offering discounts at health clubs, gyms, etc.
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Rushika Bhatia is one of the region’s leading commentators on business and current affairs issues. She is the Editor of SME Advisor magazine - the flagship title of CPI Business. She is passionate about infographics – with special emphasis on data, research and statistics. Rushika has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, USA and is also CIMA qualified.