By 05/05/2015 – You hire new employees with the intention of maintaining or increasing your production and profitability, but definitely not to increase your workplace injuries. Unfortunately, safety in the workplace is often overlooked on the new hire checklist. In fact, 40 percent of injured employees have been on the job less than one year (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You can reduce your new hire risk and work comp expenses without increasing your business expenses. Let us show you how.
Why so many injuries in the first year on the job?
There are lots of potential reasons, but some of the most common are that supervisors think new employees already have workplace safety knowledge or their previous experience accounts for any on-the-job learning curve. This way of thinking can be fatally flawed. For example, what if the new employee’s previous employer never did any formal safety training? Perhaps the new employee brings experience with them, but hasn’t worked in this field recently. Combine this with the fact that most new employees are afraid to ask questions, and it is a formula for workplace injuries.
Introducing new faces to your workplace can bring much needed help. But they can also bring increased costs if you’re not careful. In other words, safety training pays in more ways than one.
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Is Your Company Among the 20% of Employers Not Providing Personal Protective Equipment?
A Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey published recently reveals that despite laws which say employers must give their staff Personal Protective Equipment free of charge, more than one in five workers are being forced to pay for it out of their own pocket.
Personal Protective Equipment includes protective clothing, helmets and goggles designed to protect workers from injury, electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, and infection. More than one in 10 (11.6 percent) of those who responded to the TUC questionnaire said that although their work required them to wear safety equipment of some kind, their employer failed to provide or pay for this.
A further 8.9 percent were made to pay for any replacement equipment if their original Personal Protective Equipment was damaged. In total more than one in five (20 percent) of respondents to the survey said that they had to pay for providing or replacing all or some of the equipment they needed for their work.
Women Workers Less Likely To Have Equipment Provided than Men
Women workers were even less likely than men to have their safety equipment provided, with more than 15 percent having to provide all or some of their own attire – usually foot protection or overalls – compared to 10.5 percent of men.
The TUC said it was shocked to find that even where the employer provided Personal Protective Equipment, the worker usually had to clean the equipment themselves or pay for it to be cleaned. Of those whose equipment needed cleaning, more than three in five (60 percent) claimed that their employer made no arrangements for providing, or paying the cost of, cleaning.
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