Reports. Assessments. Policy. Training. Improving the health and well-being of a workforce requires a large amount of time, thought, and resources. Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) professionals work to coordinate efforts of an organizational commitment to worker health and well-being, ultimately leading to success. OSH professionals are essential in reducing the risk of and preventing workplace injuries by overseeing incidents and reporting, conducting assessments, developing procedures and policies, and managing training.

Reporting, Investigations, and Case Handling

Whether it be tendonitis, an object falling or anything else, when an injury occurs in the workplace, OSH professionals organize the intake of incident reports. More importantly, OSH professionals can create a system that improves the process of reporting to build rapport with employees. Once reported, each incident can be fully investigated to understand how it occurred. Results from the investigation direct OSH professionals to respond appropriately: eliminating work hazards, develop new procedures and policies, and implement training sessions.

Moreover, when an incident occurs, most often workers require time off to receive medical treatment, recover, and continue with physical therapy. OSH professionals can reduce case closure time by communicating with injured employees to ensure they are receiving adequate medical care. On top of that, regular communication can make employees feel supported as well as allowing the company to know the health status of its entire workforce.

Conduct Assessments

Physical and mental assessments are key aspects to preventing workplace injuries. OSH professionals organize, supervise, and possibly conduct workplace assessments. Additionally, there are a variety of assessments that offer valuable insight into specific aspects of the workforce’s health and well-being. Based on the results, OSH professionals take the appropriate steps to implement change or maintain positive outcomes.

Develop Procedures and Policies

When an incident occurs or employees are developing musculoskeletal disorders, OSH professionals are trained to identify and eliminate hazards from the workplace. Often the initial action is to identify and redesign organizational procedures and policies that might be causing workplace injuries.

First, OSH professionals become familiar with procedures and policies relevant to the incident or injury. Additionally, OSH professionals reference standards and requirements put forth from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure accuracy and success. Second, OSH professionals research preventative methods or new equipment that might benefit the company and workforce. Third, through clear language and input from research, OSH professionals rewrite existing procedures and policies or create new ones in order to prevent workplace injuries from occurring.

Manage Training

After the redesign of company procedure and policy, OSH professionals assist in training all employees respective to the changes. Professionals develop presentations that easily convey and educate workers on a variety of topics, such as proper lifting techniques to learning how to use new equipment. Beyond new material, OSH professionals create a schedule for regular, often annual, training for all employees to guarantee a proficient workforce.

Conclusion

Reports. Assessments. Policy. Training. In order to improve worker health and well-being, each step must be coordinated in a dynamic process. From beginning to end, OSH professionals work to prevent and reduce the risk of workplace injuries. Start on the right foot by utilizing bioergonomics to assess the health of your workforce. Catch musculoskeletal disorders early. Ensure workers return to work at appropriate times. Join the BioErgo Revolution.

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