A study conducted by the University of California, Davis, estimated that the annual cost of employee injury and illness is about $250 billion. That's money U.S. businesses collectively shell out every year. While your company doesn't shoulder the entire sum, you probably do spend quite a bit of money on illness and injury. The unfortunate part is that many issues that lead to employees taking time off are easily avoidable.
HR compliance training covers safety topics, but just because your employees are trained doesn't mean they really absorbed the knowledge. Using engaging and to-the-point eLearning courseware that highlights safety topics may help them better retain the information and avoid illness and injury. Before you assign training videos, take a look at this list of perfectly avoidable office safety issues:
Slips, Trips, and Falls
While stumbling may not seem like a big deal, it can cause injury that either your company has to pay for or that results in time off. Either way, it's not ideal. These easy-to-avoid injuries are actually some of the most common, as culprits lurk everywhere.
Exposed wires, poorly placed rugs, loose floor boards and wet spots all create tripping hazards. Rain and snow make even more of a hazard, as your employees will track in moisture from outside.
Make sure your office design eliminates these hazards. For instance, organizing cords and wires will reduce risks. Also, ask your employees to clean up any spills they cause right away, and constantly check your office to ensure it's in operational condition.
A poorly ventilated office is a safety hazard, as toxins can pollute the environment. From chemicals found in cleaners to dust, mold and mildew, your office could be a cough, allergy or respiratory infection waiting to happen. These and other symptoms, including dizziness, fatigue and headaches, may indicate that the air quality in your office is poor.
Consider getting an air-quality check for your building. Outside companies assess the area and provide a report. They may also offer solutions to help improve the air quality.
Humans didn't always sit for the majority of the day, so modern office settings can take a physical toll. From lower back to neck pains, your employees could develop health issues over time as a result of poor posture.
Ergonomic chairs help alleviate these pains and prevent future injuries. You may also invest in standing or walking desks to promote physical activity. Teach your staff proper posture to further avoid aches and pains.
Most people who have worked in an office have experienced illness exposure before. This occurs during times of year when illnesses like the flu are common. One person gets it, comes to work before he or she is fully recovered or before noticing the virus has set in, and others catch it. Before long, the whole office is out sick.
Safety training can help teach employees strategies to avoid catching and spreading illness. For instance, washing your hands, staying home when you feel symptoms and taking the necessary steps to get well can all help prevent the spread of disease.
Safety training can give your employees the tools they need to avoid these common office issues. That will not only make for a happier, healthier work environment, but it will also save your company money. Check out our safety category to see what topics can share with your staff.