A Short Guide On Preventing Workplace Injuries Through A Holistic Approach

By Jacklyn Dixon

Posted May 23rd, 2019 in Tips & News

A Short Guide On Preventing Workplace Injuries Through A Holistic Approach

The Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada released a report that depicts the number of illnesses and injuries per industry, and the results are a little concerning with injuries reported in 2017 at over 250,000 cases. Industries such as Health and Social Services and Manufacturing are notorious for their high levels of risk and the figures support it. A strange result, however, is the high number of injuries and illness for those in Communication and Other Utilities (4,346 injuries), Educational Services (7,661) and Business Services (7,156). While these sectors may need some extra care where safety audits are concerned, employers may want to consider employee wellness measures to reduce injuries.


Fitness May Improve Workplace Safety
One of the top ten reasons for workplace injuries, is overexertion and this alone costs businesses over $14 billion per year. One of the ways employers can overcome this hurdle, is by allowing occupational clinicians to come into the workplace and determine which practices may cause injuries. It will also allow them to assist workers to develop the right muscles for the tasks in order to prevent injuries. Even those sitting at a desk the whole day may need assistance to prevent ailments such as lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Jobs that are repetitive in nature may overstimulate certain muscles, joints, and tendons, which means specialized exercise routines are needed to counter the effects.

Overall Wellness Links To Workplace Safety
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) released a paper that stated that health protection (safety) and health promotion (wellness) processes work better when they’re done together, as the separation of these two create unnecessary silos. That means that in order for workplace safety to flourish, employee wellness needs to be high as well. Physical activity, good sleeping and eating habits, and enough rest and relaxation go a long way to promote both wellness and safety. For employees, keep stress levels down is critical and part of that is managing the costs related to medical care in the event of an injury. While many of the companies cover these costs in the event that they’re liable, the employee will still need to ensure they remain on top of the accounts to ensure they’re paid. A good human resources department will ensure that, if safety measures fail, that the wellness factor still remains in tact.

Focusing On The Different Types Of Workplace Exercises For Maximum Results
While safety drills are essential to ensure everyone knows what to do in an emergency, it’s important that workers also know what to do in their everyday routine. Businesses can classify workplace exercises into various categories, such as ergonomic exercises for tension and stress relief, illness prevention for those who may encounter contaminants, and first aid. These should be incorporated on top of the safety routines.

Workplace safety is about more than a hard hat and keeping walkways clean. It’s also about knowing how to use your body to its full potential while protecting it from undue exposure, tension, and injury.

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