The safety of your employees in the workplace falls within the purview of your responsibilities as the head of the company. As such, it’s only right that you educate yourself about proper injury management for your organization.
Apart from the emergency and first aid measures that must be put in place, you are also supposed to be well-versed when it comes to the workers compensation system. This is so that you can ensure that you are fulfilling your obligations to your employees, while at the same time protecting the interests of the company.
Here are some other tips from U.S. HealthWorks for employers when it comes to avoiding the common mistakes on injury management.
Get a Competent Medical Provider
Essentially, your medical provider will be the one taking care of your employee during the initial treatments. Since you are the one choosing your provider, how your staff will be cared for during their visit to the clinic will depend on you.
You may not think that far ahead, but the efficiency by which your medical provider is able to cater to your injured staff will have an impact your company’s operations as well. The longer your staff is out of commission due to their injury, the higher the cost of their medical expenses.
Standardize Treatment Protocols
Your company should be able to establish a standardized protocol for treatment in case of injuries, which would be communicated to your medical provider. A coordinated effort between your organization and your medical provider makes it easier for the patient to go through the check-up or treatment process.
These protocols should also be readily available if your staff goes direct to the local U.S. HealthWorks center. This can only be achieved, however, if you have open communication lines with your medical provider.
Raise Awareness on Workplace Safety
Keeping your employees safe starts within your own workplace. It’s important that you constantly remind them to observe safety rules and regulations. More than that, your team leaders and managers should also be able to lead by example so that it is easier to influence the rest of your staff’s attitude towards workplace safety.
With these tips, you can improve your injury management program for your organization, and be better able to provide them with the safe workplace environment and proper employer assistance that they deserve.
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