Accidents happen in the workplace, but there are many steps that an employer can take to increase the safety of their employees. Although higher standards for workplace safety have helped to protect employees, the goal should be to keep working to reach a point of absolute safety, and it all starts one workplace at a time. These are some methods of making the workplace of your private practice safer.
Establish Safety Guidelines
Make sure that you have clear safety guidelines in your workplace. While most people commonly think of workplace safety as only being highly important in construction, or blue collar fields, this misconception is what causes workplace injuries in every industry to be so high. Placing common hazard warning signs in the workplace helps protect employees from potential harm and keep them safe. Your employees need to know how to follow instructions and to ask for clarification about anything they might not be clear on. There is no reason to let ignorance reign supreme, especially when it comes to safety.
Have an Open Door Policy
You need to give employees the chance to speak up when they find something is amiss with workplace safety. By having an open-door policy, they’ll be able to easily come to you and explain what needs to be fixed. To help them feel confident about bringing things to your attention, tell them that safety is the most important part of the workplace, and there’s no way a business can meet its full potential unless people are safe. They should also be instructed to call out any dangerous behavior that they witness other employees doing. Without open communication, you can’t be expected to catch every bit of danger, and employees need to see the importance of not letting anything slide when it could cause harm.
Workplace safety is something that people can start to take a laid back attitude toward when they feel comfortable. If you see something potentially dangerous, you should point it out and remind your employees of why this isn’t something to treat casually. A pattern of oversights can be very disturbing and may require you to take punitive action, up to and including termination for anyone who is acting in any sort of risky manner.
Your employees might already be safety-minded, but you still need to provide them with a safe workplace. Beyond meeting basic workplace compliance guidelines, you need to make sure you’re aware of any risks that could be hiding in the shadows. Safety is an essential part of every workplace.
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