Workplaces across the U.S. and throughout states like California are wrought with numerous dangers and hazards. For employers and employees alike, it’s crucial to work to identify specific hazards and to understand the steps must be taken to avoid suffering injury or illness.
Many workplace hazards are specific to location and industry and may include physical elements like slippery floors, working from heights, equipment malfunctions and cluttered work environments. In other cases, workers’ safety may be compromised due to unsafe business practices and work processes like inadequate training and poor communication.
In cases where dangerous physical work conditions exist and where employers fail to properly train and effectively communicate with employees, workers are at an increased risk of suffering work injuries that are not only painful in nature, but may also be permanent and debilitating.
In addition to those workplace hazards that pose physical dangers to employees, there are also those that can adversely impact workers’ mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Stressful and hectic working conditions can result in workers experiencing anxiety and frustration which increases the likelihood of a worker suffering mental and physical health conditions such as depression, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Given the multiple and varied workplace hazards that threaten the physical, emotional and mental health of U.S. workers; it’s clear that employers must take action. Employers would be wise to not only improve workplace education and training to change the individual behaviors of employees, but also take steps to improve the overall physical and psychological working conditions.