The importance of having a healthy staff to the overall output of an organization cannot be overemphasized, and ensuring it should be at the forefront of every organization. However, in the healthcare industry, this becomes even more important. Your staff is exposed to things on a daily basis that have the potential to hurt them and cause major damage to others and the environment.
For any industry that produces biomedical waste, a lack of proper waste management could lead to workers’ exposure to hazardous substances which constitutes a serious threat to human health. To further enhance the safety of workers in such environments, your staff should be empowered through regular training on the best waste management practices.
There are strong benefits for both your staff and your organization when you ensure their waste management training is current and top of mind. This is not an area where doing the bare minimum just to remain compliant will benefit your company long-term. In addition to the legal requirements for safety, there are plenty of other reasons to ensure your waste management staff are properly trained.
BENEFITS FOR THE EMPLOYEES:
Morale boost: when workers are happy and feel appreciated, morale is up. They also feel more comfortable working in an environment where they feel safe. Training employees on how to properly manage waste not only increases their understanding of their role but also solidifies their perceived importance within the work environment. Investing in training shows your employees that their safety matters to you, which in turn positively influences how they will feel about their jobs. Training makes them feel capable of handling themselves and instills confidence.
Fewer accidents in the workplace: accidents do happen but the frequency of occurrence can be significantly reduced by adequately training workers on how to manage waste. When accidents happen due to the ignorance or incompetence of workers, it can lead to them getting harmed or sick. This cycle can be broken by training workers to prevent an accident from occurring.
BENEFITS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION:
Fewer sick days: when employees are well trained on how to manage waste generated from their activities, they become less prone to exposure. This reduces their chances of getting sick as a result of work-related factors and improves their general health. This, in turn, lowers the rate at which workers call in sick.
Increased productivity: energy levels are higher when individuals are healthy than when they are sick. Although there are other factors that contribute to the workers’ productivity, good health ranks high and should be treated with the priority level it deserves and requires.
Health insurance: training of staff on waste management leads to fewer health issues and doctor visits. All the illnesses workers are prone to as a result of exposure become non-existent. An organization would spend significantly less when ensuring a healthy worker when compared to an unhealthy one, and this is something to consider with regards to the potential long-term costs of illness and exposure.
Improved corporate image: corporate image has great influence on how customers and potential employees would perceive your organization. It would be hard to have any faith in a healthcare business who didn’t prioritize the health of their staff first and foremost.
Keeping your staff safe and well-trained should be a top priority for any healthcare business, and there are countless reasons why. Understanding the importance of having a healthy workforce and confident employees will help set your business up for success.
Learn more about OSHA Compliance, Medical Waste Management and Services and more, by getting in touch with Enviromerica today. We can ensure that you receive the best advice for optimizing your healthcare practice.