Workplace Safety is Your Responsibility

Workplace safety is a responsibility employers cannot take lightly.  Whether you have decided it’s time to reopen your business, or just move from working in isolation back to some measure of how it used to be, you need to have a clear plan in place.  It is your job to assure the work environment is safe for both customers and employees.
Workplace Safety

Relying on safety experts will improve the overall safety plan and may reduce liability in the event of a safety violation injury.  Unfortunately, we have learned by watching the news over the past few months that not even the experts agree all the time. So where can an employer go for sound advice?  Thankfully, the National Safety Council has addressed this head on with a new free program, “Safe Actions for Employee Returns” or SAFER.

NSC and the SAFER Program Tools for Workplace Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate.  They are probably most well known for their Defensive Driving Course, required in many states to reinstate a driver’s license after multiple driving violations.  Their primary focus is eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths in various environments.  Ultimately that includes injury and death due to workplace safety issues.

The SAFER program, assembled and updated by a task force comprised of large and small Fortune 500 companies, provides guidance for safely reopening the workplace.  Taskforce members include nonprofits, legal experts, public health professionals, medical professionals, and government agency representatives.  They make recommendations based on best practices and proven workplace safety strategies.

The SAFER program provides free resources and tools you can download.  As the body of knowledge about the Covid-19 virus grows and changes, the resources are updated.  Even better, you can register to be notified by email when new resources become available.  This is great way to ensure your workplace safety policies remain relevant and up to date.

What Resources are Available?

Resources are available to assess vulnerability, survey employees, and educate using their recorded webinars.  Moreover, you can download PowerPoint presentations to use at your staff meetings and attend online workshops.  NSC also maintains a page that details the federal guidelines and has useful links to resources like a COVID Tracer spreadsheet.  A set of 4 posters designed to keep safe practices on everyone’s mind is the only item we found with a modest price tag.  

The breadth of subject matter is impressive!  The information provided covers topics including creating an action plan, office operations, managing anxiety, entrance screening, and what to do if you anyone in your workplace has a confirmed case of COVID 19.

Well Done!

Fleetistics is an authorized training center for the NSC Defensive Driving Course. We applaud the National Safety Council for its leadership in helping America safely return to work!
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