Every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Employers and workers can agree that they both want to make workplaces safer, so that businesses can run more smoothly and there is less risk of injury on the job. When workers are injured, that results in lost productivity and affects the bottom line.
The workplace itself is changing quickly. Service jobs are now more common than those in manufacturing industries, and the types of injuries incurred may differ. A more diverse workforce also means more diverse injuries. Fewer workers put in the classic eight-hour day, with more people working longer hours or different shifts. Job security is less common than in the past. The introduction of new chemicals and processes to the workplace pose potential environmental health problems.
Some of the workplace safety trends for 2020 are not new per se, but their use has accelerated in recent years and should continue to do so. Companies recognize that worker safety is a top priority.
More Responsibilities for Safety Professionals
In the past, companies might have separate safety professionals for different tasks, such as security or environmental hazards. Workers might recognize these individuals by the different safety helmets worn. Increasingly, these safety professionals now take on many responsibilities, with less of an emphasis on specialization. This means a more generalized approach to safety overall, and the need for the safety industry to supply these employees with the resources necessary to ensure a safer working environment and enhanced protection for workers.
Total Worker Health
One major workplace trend focuses on a more holistic approach to worker health and safety. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has dubbed this idea Total Worker Health. The program integrates various health aspects, while also addressing financial issues. NIOSH encourages employers to adopt this standard to promote health and wellness in the workplace and improve worker care.
It is no surprise that high tech will continue to influence workplace safety trends in the coming year. Along with high technology, expect more high touch to become common. High touch refers to using technology to personalize employee safety and wellbeing. This is especially true when dealing with treatment and prevention initiatives.
For example, it is not unusual for a company to find that new employees suffer a higher rate of strains and sprains than more seasoned workers performing the same tasks. An obvious goal is reduction of the rate of these injuries. A company might hire onsite safety professionals to conduct a variety of work conditioning programs to educate workers, coach them while on the job, provide any necessary first aid for minor injuries, and intervene when they see workers behaving in a way that could increase injury risk. By taking a significant high touch, individualized approach, the organization decreases the number of affected workers, while boosting production.
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