Healthcare workers have the greatest risk of getting injured on the job, resulting in more than 2 million lost work days in 2011 alone, according to a peer-reviewed feature published in September 2013 by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). More than 1,000 injuries in the Health and Social Work sector are reported to the Health and Safety Authority – nearly 20% of all workplace injuries reported to the agency each year (HSA). Though keeping employees safe may seem like common sense, it is often an afterthought in the busy day-to-day operations of many medical practices.
That is, until someone gets hurt. At its core, workplace safety is about establishing a culture where employers actively care about their employees and, in return, employees take greater responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Successful workplace safety programs instill safety as a value, integrate it as a core business function, and target prevention as the primary means of reducing the frequency and severity of potential accidents. Moreover, establishing a culture that promotes workplace safety can have meaningful bottom line benefits in the form of lower workers’ compensation costs and increased productivity. Here are five ways to ensure workplace safety is a priority at your practice: