Naturally, creating a safe, productive work environment is a goal of all employers. However, there are many strategies to go about this - and an equal number of potential problems that can get in the way.
One of the best methods to ensure a safer workplace is tracking. Companies should closely monitor each accident, illness and other issue that arises in order to gather information and make educated decisions. It can also help to think bigger - industry-wide, for example. In fact, one project has taken that concept to its next level, mapping occupational health and safety trends on a global scale.
Tracking data could provide insights
The new project, called Global Worker Watch, gathers employer information from around the world on worker fatalities and catastrophes, according to a post by Kim Krisberg for ScienceBlogs. It was started by Bethany Boggess, an epidemiology student at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Overall, the goal is to create a comprehensive picture of on-the-job accidents that can be of assistance to employers and government agencies worldwide, Krisberg explained. The maps provide more information than a simple statistic, offering a clearer picture of global trends and potential hazards. It also has the ability to bring the issue of workplace safety to the forefront, prompting changes and safer conditions across many industries.
Taking control of safety will help
In some cases, workplace safety can feel like a mounting problem. For employers tasked with preventing accidents and workers' compensation insurance claims, it can seem like an uphill battle. However, it is possible to improve conditions by taking control of this aspect.
According to Occupational Health and Safety magazine, safety measures should target existing elements within the business instead of attempting to create completely new ones. It is easier to alter current methods to be safer as opposed to trying to start fresh. This is especially important when it comes to culture. The mindset of the organization is a key reason why new programs either fail or succeed, and all employees have to be on board with any potential changes.
Above all else, employers should be interested in starting a conversation about safety, the news source noted. Ask questions about current methods and new ones, including where the company wants to go. This can lead to a discussion that can shed light on risks, opening up new avenues for improvement.