Workplace Safety in Today's Society, Term Paper
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Furthermore, in respect of the various cultures and languages within the workforce, the manual could also be printed in each representative language, as far as this is deemed necessary. This will ensure full understanding of the rules and regulations, and also promote the function of the entire workforce as a group (Nonprofit Risk Management Center, 2005 (b)).
Writing such a manual would then address the various important aspects of the program. These for example would include the reasons for the safety program, and its benefits for employers and employees. The rules and regulations of safety should then be thoroughly explicated, including the reasons for their implementation and consequences of not following such rules. A consequence of not wearing a hard hat in the required workplace areas can for example increase the danger of a head injury. Finally, the manual should include the rewards for promoting safety via not only following the rules and functioning effectively as a group, but also via reporting when failure occurs. It should be emphasizes that such reporting will result not in punishment, but rather in further training when this is estimated as a necessity. This section should also include a full explanation of the function and necessity of the safety committee, and the importance of respecting its position and authority within the workforce.
Ensuring a healthy work environment: Employee Assistance Programs
Employee assistance programs can be used to promote, reinforce and facilitate the implementation of a safety program. These programs can also help with other aspects of workplace safety, such as ensuring that employees are able to perform their duties, are in good physical and mental health, and are able to maintain a good interpersonal relationship as a group. Employee assistance programs can also be used for training and maintenance purposes in a safety program. If shortcomings are for example identified, employees can bring this to the attention of the safety committee via employee assistance programs (Safety Information
Currents, 2006 (a)).
such, this is a valuable tool for the safety committee to help implement, maintain and develop the safety program. As such, these programs can form part of the safety program, in that they are used as a refuge for employees with personal problems that affect their work. In this way they also function as a monitoring and assessment tool.
Because the issues addressed by these programs are however of such a sensitive nature, they should ensure both free access and full confidentiality. Employees are unlikely to wish the disclosure of problems such as depression or drug abuse. Thus, each problem should be treated with a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity.
Other issues: Public safety
Some places of employment are of such a nature that the public has regular access to the premises. Public safety (Safety Information Currents, 2006 (b)) then becomes an issue in addition to ensuring that employees are operating as a safety conscious group. The safety culture of employees plays an important role in impressing upon the public the necessary precautions to minimize risks. It is therefore particularly vital in such cases that employees function as a unit on such matters, and that each individual be aware of the importance of informing the public how to minimize danger. Theme parks and public-access building sites are examples of such environments. The safety program and manual then take a wider focus in such cases. Upon entering the premises, the public should be immediately made aware of safety measures and clothing such as hard hats or seat belts.
In conclusion, it is very important that all persons involved in the workplace should be aware of possible hazards. This awareness begins at management level and is eventually implemented as a team effort involving each individual employee.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center. "What is workplace safety?" 2005(a). http://nonprofitrisk.org/ws/c1/wkplcsafety.htm
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Safety Information Currents. "Employee assistance Programs." 2006(a)
Public Safety." 2006 (b) http://www.safetyinfocur.com/safetytopics/sic03.html
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