Do my Office Employees Need Safety Training?
Many employers wonder, “Do my office employees need safety training?” The answer: Yes!
At first glance, it might seem like office employees don’t need safety training. But the truth is, although office work is low-risk, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) legally requires every employer to ensure the safety of their employees. A huge aspect of that requirement is safety training.
Even when safety training isn’t required by OSHA, healthy employees will only improve productivity in your workplace. More productive and happy employees make your organization more money.
This blog post covers what safety training topics to give to your employees!
Back injuries are the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain accounts for 264 million lost workdays in one year. That’s 2 days off for every full-time worker that could have been avoided! If an employee with back pain does come to work, they are distracted and less productive.
Exit Routes, Emergency Action Plans, and Fire Prevention
If your team members lack general safety training, a small wastebasket fire can become a catastrophe. Employees also need to be educated on your exit routes and how to escape the workplace if a natural disaster occurs. OSHA requires Emergency Action Plans, and employees need to receive training to know what their duties are during a natural disaster. Finally, employees need to be educated on how to prevent fires. You can read more about exit routes, Emergency Action Plans, and fire prevention legal requirements.
Every employee should feel safe and comfortable at work— meaning they should never face sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is preventable, but it requires specialized training. This training teaches employees to avoid harassing others, and it teaches victims how to report incidences. Ignoring sexual harassment prevention can lead to legal fines, decreased employee engagement, and increased employee turnover.
Ergonomics is the science of workplace interaction. Ergonomics is aimed at preventing musculoskeletal disorders, cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive stress injuries, and repetitive motion injuries. In extreme cases, musculoskeletal disorders can lead to lifelong disability. Awkward, repetitive movements can cause these type of injuries. Poorly designed office areas or untrained employees are risk factors to ergonomic injuries. The OSHA General Duty Clause requires workplaces to address ergonomic injuries.
Eyesight is one of our most important senses. Many office workers wouldn’t be able to do their jobs without their eyesight. However, working in an office and staring at a computer all day leaves office workers at risk for eye injuries. Most employees also look at their phones and other devices outside of work. That’s 8 hours, plus after-work activities, of looking at blue light devices. Employee training of the risks and a recommendation to wear blue light glasses on the job could keep your employees safe.
Mental Health and Stress Management
Mental health is often forgotten about, but it attributes to physical health. Poor stress management and an anxious mind can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Stress and anxiety can also cause long-term gut problems and an increased risk of weight gain. Long-term anxiety also decreases the immune response, leaving you at risk for more severe illnesses. Anxiety can also cause headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, depression, and social isolation. Mental health is linked to physical health. On-the-job mental health training can keep your employees safe and happy.
Sitting for a long time everyday is associated with poor health regardless of the amount of physical activity the employee performs. A study found that the amount of time spent sitting each day presents a higher risk of various diseases. Simply getting up to walk around each hour, standing while working, and eating healthier meals can improve an office worker’s health.
Try an LMS for Office Employee Safety Training!
Online training is quicker and leads to higher retention and employee productivity rates than in-person training. Plus, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it just makes sense to use an LMS to practice socially distant training!