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How to implement Occupational Health and Safety? Why is that critical?

December 4, 2020
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As a multidisciplinary professional field, occupational health and safety (OHS) is crucial to ensure stable workplace safety. Find out more about the OHS here.

Risks are never out of the equation for a company or an organization. One example concerns workplace safety. Everyone working for the company needs to be assured that they are protected, which is why there's also the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Learn more about these aspects through our compact explanation below.

What is Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)?

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) refers to a particular system concerning workplace safety implemented in a company. It is a multidisciplinary concept as it deals with hazards vis-à-vis employee's health (physical and emotional), security, and safety.

Why is Workplace Safety Important?

Employees are one of the most substantial assets in a company, and the workplace safety risks shouldn't be overlooked. Companies should undoubtedly have their best interests at heart by assuring they're protected while working. Here are more reasons why companies should implement the OHS system.

Decreased Expense Regarding Incidents

With constant unpredictable and unexpected risks, implementing the OHS helps companies cut back on the possibilities of accidents from happening. It also helps them formulate the best ways to deal with hazards in the future.

Improved Business Efficiency

As one of the contributing factors in improving business efficiency, the gradual impacts from implementing OHS (e.g., fewer incidents, damages, costs, etc.) do companies a big favor by giving them time and effort to focus on business processes and productivity.

Enhanced Staff Productivity

When employees notice that their managers care about their workplace safety, they're inclined to feel more secure and comfortable at work. Their satisfaction leads to more engagement levels, productivity, and confidence, thus affecting employee retention rates.

Raised Public Image

In this media-infested era, public opinion can either boost or destroy someone's reputation right away. Imagine serious workplace incidents and damages that can go public if not properly contained and attended to. This is why a stable OHS system comes as a sensible precaution to take.

Empowered Regulatory Compliance

There are many ways to keep employees in check, but implementing OHS decreases employees' chances to commit any damage, whether due to human error or negligence. Such management puts everyone up to speed with current legal requirements, hence regulatory compliance.

Also read How to Improve Compliance with SOPs Effectively

How to Implement OHS in The Workplace?

Implementing the OHS isn't only a matter of putting it in black and white. An OHS-compliant company should meet legal standards with the help of trained professionals. While the below steps aren't the technical version, they serve as a general idea of what you can do instead.

Building Policy and Staying Committed

Every workplace has different sets of workplace safety risks, which means that each OHS policy draft will be different as well. Therefore, ensure all possible concerns are addressed in detail before finalizing and publishing them within the company.

Create A Project Plan

Like any other business implementations, an OHS system can also benefit from a thorough project plan and a well-appointed team. There are resources and research to think of, and every project requires scope and solution.

Implementation

Companies need to guarantee that they meet the OHS guidelines and follow standardized requirements and steps to implement the system.

Put It to the Test with a tool

For this system to work properly, everyone in the company (meaning: not just employees) need to provide regular feedback and input on the OHS. Instead of a mountain of paperwork, Nimbly can present a digitized data audit form quickly filled through a smartphone. The management can then discover, sort, and track any issues that may hinder business processes, even when there are thousands of data coming in daily. It's all done through the compact Nimbly mobile app!

Nimbly features that will help operations manager: digital questionnaire, issue tracker, and real-time dashboard.

Review and Improvement

And like any other system, too, regular review and upgrade are necessary to monitor its progress and possible flaws. There's no perfect system. However, keeping the system up-to-date ensures employees that their needs are handled in reliable and caring hands.

Summary

Having a better grasp of the importance of workplace safety and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) allows companies to understand employees' interests better. Implementing the system presents several benefits like reduced incident expenses, improved business efficiency, enhanced staff productivity, and more. To properly implement it, though, companies need to consult expert help for a concrete policy for everyone working there.

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