A safe and healthy workplace is a productive workplace, and ideally, all places of work would stand up to the highest standards. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case, and one major reason is a lack of education: many employees are not properly trained in the safety protocols specific to their work.
The CDC recommends three objectives for education about workplace safety: recognizing job hazards, learning safe work practices, and being aware of alternative preventative measures. By focusing on these areas, along with OSHA’s standards of prevention and training, occupational hazards that lead to pain and injury can be decreased. Many reports have shown that appropriate training is an extremely successful preventative measure that cuts down on both injury and illness on the job.
Providing adequate training for workers is one of the best ways to help ensure a safe workplace for employees at every level. New employees should be given a thorough orientation in the company’s general safety measures as well as emergency protocols – this allows them to protect not only themselves, but their fellow employees as well. When everyone is vigilant and maintaining the same standards, it creates a safer work environment with a lower risk of on-the-job injury, even from something as simple as a tripping hazard. Even training about health risks – what to do when sick at work, how to handle biohazardous material – can lower the risk of pain and illness at work.
On top of that, all employees should be trained for the specifics of their job: there may be a standard or procedure that simply doesn’t occur to them but which can make all the difference. An employee who understands the intricacies and risks of their job understands not only how to spot potential dangers in order to prevent injury, but also how to react quickly and appropriately if something does go wrong.
OSHA provides information about health and safety protocols and standards – available in a number of languages – both online and in physical form, and they offer training courses and seminars to employees.