When a company hires people to do assigned tasks on a regular basis, it takes on a number of responsibilities for their health, safety, and welfare. Along with these responsibilities comes the necessity to comply with a variety of regulations, such as workers compensation rules. Some of these rules may be unknown to younger workers just entering the workplace. Employers can implement a number of actions to help them understand how the program works and how to use it, if and when an injury occurs.
1 – Place Informative Posters In A Prominent Place
Labor law requires the posting of information on the worker’s compensation program in a prominent place in your business to allow employees to familiarize themselves with the program and its requirements. Posters can be placed in lunchrooms, locker rooms or other areas that are available to employees on a regular basis.
2 – Include Procedures In Your Employee Manuals
If your company provides an employee manual that provides details on policies regarding sick time, vacation time and other issues, you can include information about reporting an injury on the job and what is required under the worker’s compensation program. You should also provide specific information on reporting injuries to the company, providing relevant forms that are necessary for the worker’s compensation program.
3 – Provide Information At Safety Meetings
Instituting regular safety meetings is a good way to reduce the number of accidents on the job and provides an opportunity to inform employees about the worker’s compensation program. At meetings, employees can be notified of how they should report an injury, the procedures for getting medical attention and their rights under the law to have legal counsel, should they require it. Although the worker’s compensation program provides a good structure for providing income and care for injured employees, additional legal, like the services offered at Oxner + Permar, LLC help may be necessary in some cases.
4 – Use New-Hire Orientations To Provide Workers Compensation Information
Companies can also include information on workers compensation reporting procedures and benefits during new-hire orientation meetings. This measure is a convenient way to inform younger workers who may not be familiar with the details of the program. They can then have a comfortable forum in which to ask questions and learn the worker protections that are available to them under current law.
Creating an atmosphere of safety consciousness and employee support can help to make your business more efficient and more successful. Teaching your employees about the help that is available to them if they are injured creates an environment of community that encourages their productivity on the job.