Employee Wellness Programs: Safe Work Environment

//Employee Wellness Programs: Safe Work Environment

Employee Wellness Programs: Safe Work Environment

The environmental conditions of the worksite can be divided into both physical
and psychosocial domains, both of which influence the climate and culture of
a worksite. The cultural norms of a workplace have been identified as powerful
determinants of worker health and behavior (Baum, 1995). Ultimately, workers
benefit most from a healthy, supportive; eustressful workplace community was
they feel valued and respected. Since adults spend approximately one third of
their waking hours at work, one would hope that employees view work as less
of a necessity and more of an enjoyable experience.

The climate of a workplace is also more conducive to enhancing health and human
performance when the environment is safe, clean, aesthetically pleasing and
ergonomically engineered. While some occupations maybe inherently dangerous
(e.g., fire fighter, military personnel) all comprehensive Employee Wellness
Programs should control exposure to unhealthy conditions including: hazardous
chemicals, noise, temperature, radiation and other risky conditions. Program
examples include:

  • Employee Wellness Programs grounded in supportive cultural change strategies
  • Environmental and safety compliance measures
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Heating
  • Control of toxic substances
  • Noise
  • Universal precautions
  • Ergonomically designed workstations
  • Sanitary, clean, well maintained worksite
  • Recycling promoted initiatives
  • staff member & management training in emergency procedures
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