Business is not just about making money, it’s also about making money work for you — never about losing money. According to research, work- and disease-related injuries cost Australian businesses AU$61.8B during 2012–2013 alone, making safety a top priority among companies in the country.
The hospitalisation and medication as well as time lost to accidents have contributed to a great decline in the Australian economy five years ago. The good news is there are a lot of ways to avoid work-related injuries and help keep employees safe in the workplace. Here are some of them.
1. Safety Gear
Invest in high-quality Australian safety supplies. The type of safety gear your employees will need depend largely on the work they do and their working environment.
Those who work in an industrial setting will have prescribed standard safety gear, such as safety helmets, protective clothing, goggles and safety boots. Make sure to check with a licensed safety officer to make sure everything is in place.
Do not limit safety trainings to fire and earthquake drills. It is advisable for employers to give their employees basic safety training on how to deal with minor accidents at work and provide first aid to a co-worker when needed. This is an important skill that can help save a life, and that alone is priceless.
3. Equipment Maintenance
Well-maintained machinery helps keep accidents at bay. List down all equipment in your facility and put down the dates when they need to be checked or maintained. Failing to do so could result to a malfunction and to accidents in the workplace. Make sure to keep all warranty and paperwork in a safe place in case you might need them.
Having a safe workplace should be top priority among businesses, no matter its size. It’s also always easier for employees to be more productive when they know they are in good hands.