Workplace safety procedures can feel like a drag: full of checklists, policies, and worst-case scenario simulations that feel like they’ll never happen. It can be hard to make it a top priority.
But it’s more relevant today than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one million Americans suffer from a slip, trip, or fall injury every year. In 2017, there were as many hurricanes as the previous fifty-six years combined, bringing up many weather-related safety concerns. And a 2018 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that workplace homicides increased by more than six times between 2015 and 2016 – and 79 percent were shootings.
We simply can’t afford to put safety on the backburner.
Keeping employees safe isn’t just about recognizing and preventing common hazards – it’s also about building a culture where everyone is accountable for minimizing risk, and proactive about protecting themselves and their coworkers. That can mean encouraging people to report intimidation, bullying, or threats. It also might mean talking about unconscious bias, and how it influences the ways we perceive danger.
In our newest Grovo Microlearning® content on Workplace Safety, we address some of the biggest dangers in the modern workplace, including:
- Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: Learn how to spot common hazards that lead to workplace injury, and why most injury can be prevented by changing our own behavior.
- Preventing and Responding to Workplace Violence: Learn about recognizing and responding to different levels of workplace violence, and why we should all check our biases before we call the police.
- Preparing for Weather & Natural Disasters: Learn why you might have a mental block on emergency preparedness, and how to build a thorough response plan to major natural threats.
Of course, we know that workplace safety training isn’t one-size-fits-all. Every organization has its own risks, policies, and plans. That’s why, for the first time ever, this program comes with a complete Customization Guide. To add key contacts, evacuation routes, and emergency response plans that are specific to your organization, you can simply follow the guide.
There’s no room for cutting corners when it comes to workplace safety, whether it means putting up a sign when you spill, reporting threatening behavior, or knowing how to evacuate quickly. A workplace that prioritizes safety sends a clear message to employees: their well-being always comes first. Get started on ensuring you have a safe and respectful workplace by watching one of our new lessons, Know Your Response to an Active Shooter.