Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Pain & Injuries at the Workplace

High-flying companies cannot afford for worker injuries to thwart their growth. That’s why HR departments across the globe have the task of foremost prevent but also treating work-related pain and injuries. The healthier the workforce, the more productive a company is!

Safety concerns vary from one post from another

A company can have posts that require different skills and work surroundings, so safety concerns can differ quite a lot. For instance, a clothes company employs both accountants who work in cozy offices and factory floor workers who work with dangerous machinery.

The HR team needs to identify all types of safety concerns and identify the threat to worker’s health, both physical and mental. A blue-collar worker might need a hardhat and safety goggles but a white-collar worker will need counseling if he/she is exposed to stress at work.

Continuous education

The best way to avoid injuries is for workers to be fully aware of all the dangers and stick to safety procedures. However, human resources can’t force anyone to attend physical therapy or to wear safety vests but they can raise awareness about safety issues.

Continuous education involves training sessions and masterclasses on various safety issues, from fire prevention to learning how to brush teeth properly. These training sessions should be available for all workers, from the night janitor to the CEO.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

The coronavirus pandemic has reminded the whole world about the importance of personal protective equipment. Whether it’s a pair of rubber gloves or a protective face mask, workers have to be well-stocked with PPE and actually wear it.

Human resource folks shouldn’t forget to include mandatory PPE in safety procedures, so they have legal grounds to fine those workers who are negligent. Of course, the vast majority of workers won’t need convincing to put a hardhat on or to take a break every three hours or so.

Training to stay fit

Jobs that require physical strength to complete exert huge pressure on the musculature of workers. After a while, their back starts aching or they can sprain an ankle, to name just one common work-related injury.

The keyword to keep everyone safe is prevention. The HR department needs to actively prevent the development of chronic health conditions by hiring an exercise physiologist to work with the staff. This way, everything from cancers to obesity will be prevented from developing.

Work, work … and rest

We’ve mentioned earlier how workers should take a pause after a couple of hours of work. Namely, when people for too long without a pause, they lose their focus as the level of concentration starts to drop.

That’s why a short, 10-minute break is enough for workers to unwind and regain physical and mental strength. Getting plenty of rest during the workday is especially important for drivers and heavy.-machinery operators, as their work comes with a lot of reasonability.

Avoid being constantly understaffed

It might seem unrelated but adequate staffing levels are essential for keeping everyone safe. When a worker calls in sick or takes a leave, his colleagues have to do his/her works and this puts extra stress on them, especially if they have to put in overtime. 

If the HR department is unable to fill these posts with temps or in another manner, the risk of injury skyrockets. Over time, such low staffing levels can become chronic, essentially forcing staff to cut corners to be able to maintain desired productivity levels.

An extra salary on the payroll won’t hurt the company that much financially but an extra pair of hands will help improve safety at the workplace.

Avoid taking shortcuts

Having mentioned shortcuts, you must understand that there are no shortcuts or cutbacks when it comes to workplace safety. Either the workers are properly protected or they are not; there is no middle ground.

When workers take shortcuts, encouraged by the leniency of the HR crew, accidents are bound to happen, sooner or later. Therefore, all the safety instructions, training, and procedures should be clear and well-organized, so no worker thinks they can complete up a job ahead of schedule by sacrificing safety. 

Keep the workplace tidy

You’d be surprised how much clutter can endanger the average office worker. Trips and slips make up a huge percentage of injuries in the office, which appears rather safe at first glance. From spilled coffee to papers lying on the floor, an untidy workplace is perfidiously perilous.

That’s why the selection of the maintenance firm is rather important. Not only should the office be spotless but all clutter should be done away with. The hallways need to be clear of debris, there should exist footpath markings, and the stairs ought to feature non-slip tread tapes.

We have listed only 8 ways pain and injury could be prevented in the workplace. However, a diligent HR department will have come up with more preventive measures aimed at preserving workers’ mental and physical well-being.

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