Importance Of Workplace Safety

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1.0 Executive Summary Safety & prevention of accidents at work place is a major concern for Human Resource Managers. According to a report published by National Centre for Biotechnology Information, globally 2 million people die due to work related illnesses while 0.3 million die due to occupational injuries. In India, 62 % of concerns related to health are due to stress at work. However true numbers are underestimated by these figures.. Many injuries & accidents go unreported. Occupational illnesses include acute & chronic illnesses caused by inhalation, ingestion or direct contact with toxic substances or harmful agents. Technology is one of the reasons for health concerns for workers. Workplace safety & health are an important concern not…show more content…
So, the Human Resources department has to take this into account to prevent offices from turning into a toxic breeding ground. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSH Act) was enacted by the US government in the year 1970 for the protection of employee safety & health of the workers employed in organised sector. It’s not required for HR professionals to understand the technicalities of the OSH Act but they can monitor & communicate to provide healthy & safe working environment. Organizations understand the importance of safety & have safety instruments like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers installed but there is lack of communication to employees about safety & health. Human Resource managers can enforce safety & health standards & take preventive measures at workplace so that every employee works in safe & healthful working…show more content…
A safety programme can be designed as shown in Figure 5. Management has to make decisions based on strategic choices like level of protection, type of safety programme & tools to be used while designing a safety programme. A safety policy is developed to declare the company’s intent on safety of employees. Companies can create organisations or committees consisting of employees. After the safety programme is implemented the effectiveness of the programme is evaluated so that strategies can be again changed to ensure maximum safety at

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