There is a lot of technological workforce demographic changes that have taken place in recent times. This means that employers must change their approach to workplace safety policies for a better and safer future.
Not only is safety important for the workers, it’s also necessary to keep the workflow running at an optimum pace, avoid unnecessary and recurrent delays, as well as any work injury lawsuits.
- Use of Telehealth Services
The advent of telehealth services has made it possible for medical practitioners to dispense advice without being necessarily present on site. It’s much more efficient and convenient and enables individuals to check in on their test results, schedule appointments, and much more.
This, coupled with using the latest devices which track daily activity and vitals enables most people to properly monitor their basic health and live a healthier life. Employers should make sure that they are making the most out of this golden tool.
- Adjusting for an Age-Diverse Workforce
There’s been an evident shift towards a workforce that consists of a mix of different age groups. However, not every company has been quick enough to adapt to this major change, which has led to increased workplace related injuries.
Some workers who feel mistreated or taken advantage of, are also likely to go to injury lawyers if they feel they deserve more compensation and benefits.
However, this could easily be avoided if employers consider the changed workforce and implement measures to avoid injuries in an age diverse workforce.
Some such measures could include taking suggestions from workers in recommending any reasonable changes in their work conditions, and to improve the ergonomic condition of the work environment.
Moreover, employers should try to make sure that employees have frequent breaks and provide opportunities for physical activity, especially they spend most of their time on sedentary work. On-site medical professionals and physical therapists could also be hired if your business can afford to have them.
- Focus on Holistic Healthcare
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends a “Total Worker Health” approach towards workers’ safety.
This means having a holistic approach towards workers health, and not only catering to their physical fitness and treating workplace injuries, but also actively supporting them with any comorbid or chronic diseases that the employees might have.
- Safety and Risk Prevention Trainings
It’s crucial for employers to invest in training to help employees adapt to newer technologies and machines. It’s also crucial for safety seminars to take place regularly to equip new and older members of the workforce to know exactly how to deal with a workplace emergency, and the best safety practices.
No amount of safety training can be enough, because even training that might seem redundant helps drill in safety basics in your workforce and reduce chances of a workplace safety incident. There should also be a well-trained Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) department that properly inspects the work environment and removes any work hazards or risky practices.
These are some significant ways that employers could adapt their businesses for better safety standards, while considering the changes that are taking place in the workforce.