Work life in the United States has drastically improved in the last one hundred years. Those improvements are, in large part, due to rethinking worker safety. While the Industrial Revolution didn’t offer much comfort for the employees of the day, the workplace horrors of that era led to the modern-day Worker’s Compensation programs we have today, and rightly so.
4500 workers die on the job each year
At the dawn of a modern industrialized era, life was about survival and obtaining work under any conditions was considered a privilege. Unfortunately this mind set led workers to dangerous or unsanitary conditions with no safety regulations on the operation of machinery, the exposure to hazardous chemicals, working from high elevations or in poorly ventilated areas. Adding to that was the fact that, even children were allowed to work (and become injured) under these conditions and there was little to no recourse for employees left permanently disabled.
Every year, more than 4 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness
It wasn’t until 1911 that America would pass its first worker’s compensation program at the state level and the last would not be fulfilled until 1948. As we have stated many times, safety initiatives don’t just protect employees at a cost to employers. These programs benefit employers financially, as well as how it pertains to the overall health and growth of a business.
Every $1 spent on worker wellness brings over a $3 return in reduced healthcare costs
As more and more companies begin to understand the return on investment these programs offer, Occupational Health & Wellness programs are gaining in popularity. If you are ready to implement one of these programs and help make workplace accidents and injuries something from a bygone era, contact Workplace Safety Screenings for ways to make employee health a top priority. To get started, we’ll help you…
Identify Your Health Risks
- What hazards are most prevalent to your industry or unique business?
- Address controls to minimize the risks associated with those hazards.
- Educate employees and management on the dangers of workplace hazards.
- Once controls are determined, train staff on ways to implement those controls.
- Write a disciplinary program to respond to employees who do not follow protocol.
What Can You Manage or Improve?
- Determine if employees are fit for duty.
- Monitor risks for individual employees based on preexisting conditions or family history.
- Monitor employees at high risks for particular hazards.
- Assess and reassess how controls are working based on findings.
- Assist employees in rehabilitation if an accident or injury does occur.
Preventative Care & Health Promotion
- Conduct wellness fairs to educate employees on realistic lifestyle changes that improve health.
- Provide additional employee benefits that promote healthy living and fitness.
- Offer company-wide health initiates to reward positive changes.
- Recognize safety-minded employees who set the tone for a healthy work culture.
- Give employees access to on-site practitioners who can address health concerns.
Occupational Health & Wellness programs cost less than you might think and will benefit your business more than you can imagine. Step into a new era of worker safety with a worker wellness program from Workplace Safety Screenings.