Injury and Illness Prevention and Workers Compensation
January 13, 2017
There are so many obvious exposures associated with running a nursing home or facility and that also means that there are quite a few things to think about when it comes to reducing the risks facing an owner. Providing a safe work environment, as well as preparing for unforeseeable accidents, is of the utmost importance.
After all, protecting employees is vital to the success of the business. Any loss of staff due to injury can have a dramatic affect on your clients ability to provide proper care, and safety procedures adhered to during daily operations can help reduce the number of incidents that occur. Workers compensation insurance will aid workers injured while performing their duties on the job, but safety is still the best defense.
Operational safety concerns
Every day there are plenty of opportunities for an employee to become ill or injured on the job. Everything, from the issue of slipping and falling to risks associated with lifting of heavy residents and contact with bacteria and other pathogens can cause significant harm, and we all know that accidents can and do happen.
Keeping pathways uncluttered, wearing harnesses and wearing gloves can all do their part to lessen the possibility of injury or illness occurring. Following certain guidelines to reduce the safety risks should include defining policy and procedures in the employee handbook.
The employee manual is the perfect tool for laying out information pertaining to your clients nursing home policies and procedures on everything from safe food preparation to employees taking precautions before becoming involved in duties that could result in injury. The employee handbook should inform staff so that they know what to expect from their job, how to execute the job safely, and how to react in case of a crises situation.
Training employees thoroughly
Your clients should make it a point to train every employee, both old and new, by establishing correct and safe procedures and behaviors. Holding regular safety meetings for the entire staff will help them to keep all employees well aware of safety procedures that are already in place. Educating staff on the potential hazards, and particularly lifting injuries, which account for a great portion of serious injuries in this line of work, can be very beneficial.
Owners can reward managers for low occurrences of injuries and illnesses, and for having safety meetings on a regular basis, but despite all efforts, workers compensation insurance is still a requirement for your clients whenever a claim of injury occurs.