During flu season, keeping your employees healthy isn’t just a moral duty— it’s also good business! If your workers are frequently too sick to work, it disrupts your business, making it harder to stay productive. A reputation for sickness can also turn off customers, who don’t want to patronize your business if they think they’ll get the flu there. It is thus essential to protect your employees from the flu virus and other contagious diseases to the best of your ability. The following tips will help you do just that, creating a workplace that is safe and healthy for employees and customers alike:
When creating a safer, more sanitary workplace, don’t overlook the simple steps. Relatively minor issues can add up over time, contributing to issues that take a serious toll on your employees' health and safety. Housekeeping is one such issue. While organizing and cleaning your workplace may seem like a minor concern, it has a powerful impact on safety and sanitation over the long run. The more consistent you are about housekeeping, the easier and less expensive it is to avoid issues like:
Equality means offering the same level of opportunity to everyone, including those with disabilities. Yet many businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations have yet to invest in disability accommodations for customers and employees. Failing to do so isn’t just the wrong thing to do morally; it’s also bad business. If you don’t make your workplace accessible to employees with disabilities, you can’t benefit from their talents and good ideas; likewise, customers with disabilities are every bit as valuable as any other customers. It is thus essential for you to make your organization fully accessible, and that beings with:
When it comes to keeping your workplace clean, the most important sanitation issues are often the easiest to overlook. Most workers understand the importance of washing their hands in the bathroom, cleaning their dishes, and taking other basic hygiene steps. But there are subtler sanitation issues that are no less important to protecting your health and that of your employees. In order to create an office that is healthy and sanitary for all, watch out for the following simple but serious hygiene issues:
As an employer, your highest duty is to keep your workers safe, and few issues are more important to their safety than fire preparation. While many offices have fire prevention strategies, stopping a fire is not always in your hands. You must thus have a strategy in place to safeguard your staff in the event of a fire. To create as comprehensive and effective a strategy as possible, make sure to include:
The holiday season has arrived, which means we have a great excuse to get outside and walk around, have some family fun and do some shopping. Along with the holiday season, freezing temperatures are here, bringing with them freezing rain, piles of snow on the ground and hidden icy sidewalks and roads.
Falls on ice is by far the most common cause of injury during winter time and we know that any of us is at risk of falling on icy sidewalks and roads, but it is potentially dangerous for elderly people who can have serious injuries and fractures from a fall. For many of them, these injuries can be life changing. Canadian scientists performing a study on winter falls and slips have learned that one in three seniors in Canada falls each year and up to 40 per cent that have a serious injury such as a broken hip will not recover. (Winter Lab-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute).
“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
As the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month, it couldn’t be truer. You can never know when a disaster will strike but you can do your best to be ready when it comes, whether you are at home, at work or travelling the world.
When it comes to the workplace there are a number of ways that you can ensure that you and your colleagues are prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Ensuring health and safety in your workplace is the responsibility of everyone – employers, supervisors, owners, constructors, suppliers and workers.
While some have a much larger role to play, it is important that everyone understands their responsibilities and does everything they can to ensure themselves, and everyone around them, prevent injury as well as they can.
To help you on your way to a safer work environment, here are some of the roles and duties of people in your workplace. For the official duties of each member, see the Government of Ontario’s website and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).