Increase Safety and Cut Back On Workplace Claims (Weekly Plan)
For National Safety Month, the National Safety Council encouraged organizations to become more involved at educating and influencing behaviors in the workplace that can prevent injuries or death. As a result, the NSA provided a weekly plan to help raise awareness and reduce unnecessary claims. By setting aside 30-45 minutes a week with your employees over a brown-bag lunch and implementing this plan you can reduce workplace claims.
Week one: Employee wellness.
According to the World Health Organization, “If people made the choices to eat better, engage in more physical activity, reduce the harmful use of alcohol and quit smoking, at least 80 percent of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – and over a third of cancers – could be prevented.
You can encourage your employees to make better food choices and increase their overall wellness by encouraging healthy choices through weekly contests and competitions:
- Weekly contest for who burned the most calories at work.
- Reward the top 5 employees who took the most steps at work.
- Create incentives for choosing to drink water instead of sugary drinks at work.
The NSC also suggests taking a brisk walk at lunch, working in the yard, joining a sports league, and swimming laps at a pool. Physical activity is a crucial part of employee wellness because it can not only help manage weight and control blood pressure, but can also help decrease stress levels.
Week two: Ergonomics
- Teaching employees to prevent overexertion by working smarter is a crucial aspect of ergonomics. By informing your staff on the proper ways of lifting, engaging in repetitive motions and how to not work in awkward positions can lead to a decrease in workplace injuries. The NSC also notes that employers should be aware of the common symptoms of ergonomic distress, which include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, tenderness, clicking, and loss of grip strength.
Week three: Fall Prevention
According to the NSC, “falls account for more than 8.7 million emergency room visits each year in the U.S. and are by far, the leading unintentional injury.”
Simply by taking the time to do a walk-around with employees to look for common fall hazards can help prevent fall and or trip/slip injuries. Some suggestions from the NSC of items that should be removed include:
- Keeping floors and stairs clean and clear of clutter.
- Maintaining good lighting indoors and on outdoor walkways.
- Securing electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas.
- Using non-skid throw rugs in potentially slippery places such as bathrooms.
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