The growing rate of work-related injuries and diseases across the globe is alarming. That's why it's your obligation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to make sure you're doing all you can to protect your employees' health and safety in the workplace. As a result of this, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) celebrated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April by saying you must do all you can to keep your employee's healthy and safe in the workplace. There are two ways to do so, by preparing for injuries in the workplace...
Did you know that yesterday was the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work?
While it's great that there's a special day dedicated to this cause, as an employer, providing workers with a safe and healthy workplace is critical to the wellbeing of employees and the success of your business every single day, says AllAfrica
Because despite improvements in occupational safety and health over the years, workers continue to suffer work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses.
That's why the ILO has called for an "urgent and vigorous" global campaign to tackle the growing number of work-related diseases, which claim an estimated 2 million lives per year.
This means that every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, while every 15 seconds, 151 workers have a work-related accident, adds AllAfrica.
That's why it's so important to conduct a risk assessment in your workplace.
Lesson 1: Conduct a health and safety risk assessment so you know the health hazards in your workplace
In conducting a risk assessment, you'll need to note the specific hazards associated with each role, as well as who could be harmed and how, says HSE.gov.uk
Then you'll be able to minimise the health and safety risks by ensuring your employees are well trained on how to handle the specific risks associated with their jobs, and that they've been issued with the correct personal protective equipment to keep them safe.
That's your first step in minimising the possibility of injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Lesson 2: Make sure your trained first aider has a well-stocked first aid box to treat any injuries in the workplace ASAP!
Your second step in preparing for any workplace injuries is making sure you've appointed first aiders who've been well trained on how to treat minor injuries and when to call for help, says Kerusha Narothan, Product Manager of the Health and Safety Training Manual
By knowing how to treat minor workplace injuries and calling for help if it's a more serious health and safety incident, your health and safety representatives will be fulfilling their duties of keeping your employee's as healthy and safe as possible in the workplace.