Health and safety in the workplace
You don’t need to work around heavy mechanical machines or dangerous waste materials for a workplace accident to happen. Safety in any type of workplace is extremely important, not only for insurance purposes, but for the overall health and wellness of your employees. Common workplace accidents include, slip and falls, electrocution, ergonomic injuries, hearing loss, communicable diseases (like the cold and flu), and many more. While some accidents are more likely to happen in more environments than others, that doesn’t mean they need to be ignored. The safer the work environment, the safer your employees will be.
In small to medium size businesses, the most common workplace incidents are communicable diseases. The spreading of colds and the flu can knock out a large group of working individuals. Much of this is due to a lack of sick leave. Make sure you offer sick leave to your staff so they can rest at home without spreading the disease to others. This is good practice, and will amp up the loyalty of your employees.
Overall, being prepared is your best option. Make sure sidewalks are clear of debris, you have an up-to-date first aid kit, allow ergonomic options, and practice proper lifting techniques. If you’re not sure about the safety of your workplace, the go-to resource is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). There you will find the legal safety requirements in your industry.