Have you considered that employees who feel safe at work may be more likely to have increased productivity levels? Without spending time fearing for their safety, workers can experience the freedom to focus on their work without this distraction. To help keep employees safe on the job, let us discuss some ways to accomplish this important goal.
As an employer you have certain responsibilities in providing a safe workplace. This means you may be responsible for:
One way to keep your employees safe at work may be to implement a health and safety program. OSHA promotes the adoption of these programs by all U.S. employers. States also may require or encourage implementation of these programs. They generally include injury reduction strategies. When properly implemented, these strategies can dramatically lessen the number and extent of workplace injuries. This, in turn, can lessen resulting financial impacts on U.S. workplaces.
Effective safety and health programs often share common components. These may include: management leadership, worker participation, and an organized way of identifying and repairing hazards.
More recently, helping to make the workplace safe for employees may include measures to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, provides guidance for businesses that have remained open or are reopening after COVID-19 lockdowns. In general, the agency recommends that you implement and revise a COVID-19 preparedness, response, and control plan that:
If you have questions about the legal aspects of employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, or at any other time, we are here to help. Simply call our law firm to schedule an appointment with our office at your earliest convenience.