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2020 could bring new trends in workplace safety

| Jan 3, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

One of the most important factors in reducing work-related injuries is increasing the standards of workplace safety. For example, as we discussed in a past blog post, simply wearing the proper industrial gloves is a safety measure that can help reduce the chance of injury significantly.

Workplace injuries can cause Maryland workers considerable physical, emotional and financial stress. However, new campaigns and trends for workplace safety could help to reduce the risks workers face on the job long before they even face such stress.

A recent report focuses on new workplace safety trends

Nicole Chaudet, an executive director who focuses on employee well-being programs at HealthFitness, recently published a report on three workplace safety trends she and her colleagues have witnessed in the last few years. In the report, she states that these trends are only looking to gain more traction now in 2020.

Chaudet states that these proactive trends to increase worker safety include:

  1. A larger focus on workers’ health and well-being, including physical and emotional well-being;
  2. Personalized safety measures to prevent sprains, strains, overexertion and other injuries; and
  3. Safety professionals gaining knowledge in many safety areas to provide better support to injured workers.

Although Chaudet highlights the benefits that these trends could have for companies overall, it seems to be workers who will reap the most benefits from these trends in 2020.

Even so, workers must still put their own safety first

The report states that more companies in all industries are focusing more on worker safety, but this evidence is only based on findings from HealthFitness’ clients.

Maryland workers can look out for these trends to take effect in their workplaces. In the meantime, workers can jumpstart these trends and increase focus on their own individual safety as well by:

  • Listening to their body, and taking regular breaks to avoid overexertion;
  • Ensuring they have access to and use the proper protective equipment for their job;
  • Always lifting and moving mindfully; and
  • Utilizing ergonomic tools and resources on the job.

Regardless of the risk that workers might face on the job, they can still be eligible to collect workers’ compensation for accidental injuries (Maryland Code, Labor & Employment § 9-507). However, if workers prioritize their own efforts to increase their individual safety, they can reduce their chance of injury before these trends even take effect.

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