Whether it is the human resources manager or another appointed individual in the workplace, companies need to be sure they have properly displayed and promoted workplace health and safety rules for all employees to see.
Suppose you are running a small business and one of your employees is injured on the job? Would they or you for that matter know what necessary steps must be employed? Does everyone in the office know the basics of first aid equipment and where it is located? Do you and your employees know the proper paperwork that needs to be filed immediately after an accident in the office?
Whether all employers know it or not, they must meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
If an employer has not designated a specific individual to ensure their workplace is safe, they should definitely do so in order to be in compliance with all federal and state safety workplace rules. It is advisable that all employees have approved safety training as it relates to OSHA regulations for their particular field.
The role of an office safety person also involves that individual working with local and other agencies to prevent workers from coming in contact with all kinds of hazards. The individual should also be documenting records regarding the safety training of employees and any outside contractors the company works with.
Both the employer and the person monitoring the company health and safety program are advised to have a run-through with all new employees, along with providing refresher courses for the entire team from time to time.
The health and safety training should include assessments which are necessary regardless whether you have a handful of employees or hundreds of people on your payroll.
To put it in simple terms, a risk assessment is reviewing what items could be dangerous for employees and any visitors to your office. Doing such assessments ahead of time and preventing illness and injury is much better than reacting to a problem later down the road.
The bottom line is health and safety considerations need to be important components to any company's decision-making process and spread across all levels.
When effectively managed, health and safety practices enhance not only the company's productivity and morale, but prevent the employer from having a major issue to deal with when someone falls ill while on the clock.
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