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Safety at Home: Whole at Work, Whole at Home

- December 20, 2017 by Asher Sweet (View all posts by Asher)

“If they are not at work, it’s not my problem.”

“Off the job safety? That doesn’t make me money.”

These are just a few of the replies I often hear when asking if employers have an off-the-job safety program. But if you take a moment to think about it, it’s a great idea. It helps your workers stay safe so they can come to work healthy and injury free. It shows that you’re a good employer because you care about them off the clock, too.

A simple way to help with off the job safety is to allow your employees to an extra set of personal protective equipment home to use on jobs around the house. Safety glasses and hearing protection are not that expensive, considering the cost to replace an employee who is off work with an eye injury or the possibility of paying for a hearing loss claim down the road due to a combination of on and off the job noise exposure.

Explain to your employees how valuable they are to you and your business. Ask your employees “Do you work on cars, do yard work, work around the house, have any hobbies? If so, have you had anything fly into your eye while doing them?” The answer nine times out of 10 is yes.  Then offer up a free pair of glasses for them to take home and use.

You should talk about home safety at your next safety meeting. Make comparisons to exposures at home and at work.  Give an example of how an electrical hazard on the job would be overloading a circuit with too many power tools while at home the same safety concern happen with too many holiday lights or appliances. Another example is how you use a fire watch at work after welding but rarely worry about fire safety in the kitchen, on the grill, or on the Fourth of July. What’s the escape plan? Where’s the extinguisher? Is it working?

These are just a few, easy to use examples of how on the job safety applies off the job. If you want more ideas or benefits of off-the-job safety contact your ICW Group Risk Management Consultant.