In this day and age, people take for granted their health and wellbeing. Often, people do not realize how much they miss walking the dog or spending time kicking the footy with their children until they suffer an injury.
Ensuring that there is a safe work environment is essential in this day and age. Workplace injuries can happy at any time, throughout your employment. It is also a misconception that you are more likely to suffer a workplace injury because you are older.
It is common that people have workplace injuries that may not be physical injuries.
An injury at work can happen at any time. This might happen at your predominant place of employment, offsite visiting a client or at a specific work site. An injury can even happen while you are traveling to work or from work.
Importantly, injuries do not have to be physical injuries. Physical injuries may include a broken leg or fractured wrist. These injuries are easy to identify. Workplace injuries can also be psychological. For example, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression as a result of your employment are all considered a work injury.
As an employer, it is essential that you provide a safe work environment for all of your staff. This is to ensure that there is minimal risk of any injury to each employee’s health and well-being, physical or psychological. This will also ensure that there has not been an aggravation of existing injuries.
Tips for providing a Safe Workplace
As an employer, there are many things you can do to provide a safe and injury free workplace for your employees.
- Make time to have regular training to ensure staff are aware of safe practices
- Toolbox talks or prestart meetings to discuss any safety issues or concerns that employees may have
- Regular catch ups with your staff to check in on their wellbeing
- Making sure you are familiar with changes to legislation and update any material around your workplace
- Addressing performance or unsafe practices of employees in a timely manner
These are only some of the many ways that you can create a safe workplace and prevent injuries from occurring. However, we acknowledge that it is not always easy to achieve. Preston Law ad Preston HR are able to provide assistance to you to audit your workplace and help you identify potential risks in your workplace.
If you would like assistance or would like to talk to a lawyer or HR professional, please contact us on 4052 0700.