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Creating a safety culture in the workplace

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2016 | Workplace Injuries

Human resources professionals in New Jersey companies should evaluate safety in their workplace. This is important even if the workplace is an office. Safety issues can arise in any type of occupation.

The first step is to look for physical hazards. This can include safety hazards that might arise while employees are traveling. Cultural hazards should be considered as well. These include the possibility of employees offending one another or people outside the company. It might also include weak practices around confidentiality.

Companies should avoid giving tasks to employees who are not trained for them. This could lead to stress or injury due to that lack. Another area to look at is whether employees are observing safety procedures. If they are not, then human resources staff should examine why. Reasons might include a lack of time or simply forgetting. It is important for a company to build a culture of safety. In companies where this is the case, employees are invested in their own safety and that of their coworkers. This safety culture is also reflected throughout the company’s values and mission statements.

People who are injured on the job or who develop occupational diseases may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Injuries from slip and fall accidents, repetitive motion and lifting items that are too heavy are all examples of common workplace injuries. Injured or sick employees might want to speak to an attorney so that they understand their rights. They may also be able to get assistance in filing their claims on a timely basis.