No matter what profession you practice, there is an element of hazard involved.
Recent research and publications regarding repetitive motion injuries such as
carpal tunnel syndrome have proven that even relatively safe seeming jobs still
have their share of safety risks. Whether you work at a retailer specializing
in clothing or in a sawmill, safety is something that everyone
needs to pay attention to.
Fortunately, an increased emphasis on safety and injury prevention has meant
that a wealth of programs concentrating on workplace safety are available. In
this article, we will take a look at what to look for in safety programs offered
both within the workplace and outside.
The most important part of any safety training program is the information imparted
at the beginning of a job. The employer is responsible for all employees, and
that includes ensuring that they are aware of any and all hazards implicit in
the job. That means that first day or week training should include a substantial
portion dedicated strictly to safety in the particular workplace. If there are
areas where special equipment is being used, explain why to new employees.
Likewise, new employees should receive training in proper ergonomic positioning
for any area they are working in.
Many work places go well above basic first day safety training for their employees.
It is a good idea to include a safety coordinator on each shift in the work
place. Most workplaces will set aside an hour or more each month specifically
devoted to safety as it relates to the industry in question; during these safety
meetings the metal bender is quiet, the till left unmanned. The idea is
to dedicate the entire time strictly to safety.
Some workplaces will have specific safety concerns which may not apply industry
wide. tourist agent for example, may need to know
which areas of town may offer specific hazards when showing a house. In these
cases, specific issues will combine with industry protocols in order to ensure
a safer working environment.
Many individuals may find that safety programs offered outside of work lead
to better opportunities within the work place. Achieving various levels of first
aid training means a person can often look forward to pay over and above regular
pay at many industrial locations. It also means being better prepared for an
emergency involving yourself or others.
In many cases, safety courses offered outside of the work place can complement
basic safety training received inside the work place. An auto dealer supply
store (much like Wheels Auto), will probably ensure that employees are familiar with the WHMIS standards.
Taking a course offered by the WHMIS program will broaden the knowledge base
that both employers and employees have to work with when dealing with hazardous
materials, decreasing the chances of a workplace accident.
It is the responsibility of every employer to ensure the long term health of
workers, no matter what industry one is in. Safety training begins on the first
day of work, and taking outside courses will benefit employer and employee alike.