In today's society, employers are required by law to provide a safe environment for their employees. These restrictions and regulations are in place to allow employees to do their jobs without risk of injury or illness. While occupational health should be main concern among employers, there are still some common misconceptions regarding workplace safety. From expenses to causes of injury, these misconceptions can lead employers to unintentionally providing an unsafe work environment. Because of this, this article is going to discuss a few common misconceptions regarding occupational health.
Adhering to safety regulations is too expensive
Unfortunately, there are some employers out there who choose to put finances above the safety and well-being of their employees. They think that providing safety training and complying with OSHA regulations will cost too much money. But the truth is, adhering to safety laws actually saves money in the long run. Yes, safety training and implementing necessary regulatory measures will cost money upfront. However, not taking care of occupational health hazards can lead to employees needing urgent medical care. The costs associated with this medical help far outweigh the costs of implementing preventative measures in the first place.
Employees don't really need workplace safety training
It's commonly believed that employees should just automatically know about occupational health hazards and that safety at work is just common sense. However, this is not the case. All employees, especially inexperienced workers, can be at risk for getting injured on the job. Common sense only goes so far and without proper training and knowledge, employees can easily miss hazards and risks during their daily tasks. When this happens, the risk of getting injured is significantly increased. Safety training is designed to prevent accidents from happening by giving employees the knowledge they need to look out for potential hazards.
It's not possible to have an accident-free environment
Many employers mistakenly believe that it's simply not possible to not have a single workplace accident. But a proactive approach to occupational health can easily prevent any and all accidents from occurring. For this to be possible, employers must first understand that workplace situations and environments are constantly changing. Because of this, it's important to know how to detect and address any new or changing hazards. When this is done properly, employers can ensure their employees have a risk and hazard free environment to do their job safely.
While there are about 25,000 Americans who suffer ankle sprains every day, the right workplace safety approach can help employers ensure their employees don't join those people getting injured each day. If employers take proactive, comprehensive approach to assessing and managing occupational health concerns, they can have a safe, injury- and illness-free workplace environment.