Businesses involved in manual labor industries need to help protect their employees from overexertion. Exertion injuries become all too common when proper lifting and moving techniques aren’t used. This problem, however, becomes compounded when the right tools aren’t provided – and that includes supplying employees with the proper uniforms for the job.
An employee has just filled out an incident report. You now have to take the time to process it with your insurance carrier. This can be a daunting process and very costly if you haven’t followed every step for creating a safe work environment. So, how can this be prevented?
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The value of a good company culture cannot be overstated. Company culture helps to drive greater productivity and higher customer satisfaction, but creating and building up a quality culture can be difficult. A large part of successfully building culture is through creating a team environment and by having employees attach themselves to your brand. One of the best ways to do this is through the use of branded uniforms.
Safety in the workplace is a common concern for most facility and lab managers. Whether your company uses heavy machinery or dangerous chemicals, creating a safe working environment should be a top priority. Have you recently assessed the safety precautious your company takes? Here are 3 great safety tips you should be considering to create a safe work environment:
Increasing worker productivity is much more than equipping employees with garments that allow them to better complete their jobs. Features like fire and shock protection, waterproofing, chemical resistance, and custom fitting are all very important, but they should already be included if your industry requires them. Uniforms that truly improve worker productivity do so by creating a better work environment and company culture. Here are three ways in which your uniforms can increase worker productivity:
Often when people think of work uniforms, benefits such as branding, compliance with regulations, and sanitation come to mind. It may not be immediately obvious, but the effect of uniforms can be so much more. Putting on a uniform builds a relationship between the business and the employee - employees take on the persona of your brand and represent who you are as a company. This instills employees with a sense of responsibility towards your company, and because uniforms symbolize a level of professionalism within the business, workers are likely to have more pride in what they do.
When working in an industry regulated by OHSA standards, finding a knowledgeable uniform vendor can help keep your company’s occupational health and safety programs in check. It’s important to not only supply your employees with the appropriate protective uniforms, but also to maintain the garments in order to keep an increased level of employee safety. When working with the right vendor, including uniforms that improve your work health and safety programs can be easy. Here are 3 important considerations that will ensure your uniform program is a success:
It may not be immediately obvious, but providing work uniforms can serve as a benefit to your employees and potential candidates for hire. Many employees prefer the cost savings and safety provided by company uniforms rather than having to purchase their own. While it’s a cost to the company to provide uniforms, the benefits passed down to employees often translate into a greater advantage for the company. Many companies who supply their workers with uniforms find that the benefits provided help to promote a high performance work environment through positively influencing the efforts of their workers. Here are some direct employee benefits that your uniforms can provide:
When partnering with a vendor, it’s important to keep a good line of communication open between the vendor rep and your company’s point of contact. Whether that person is you or someone else in your company, time is always limited, so communications with your vendor should be planned and productive. Accomplishing this can be as easy as setting up annual meetings that can be followed through the duration of your vendor contract. Start with a beginning of the year meeting to discuss your business needs and goals in relation to your vendor. Then you can plan quarterly meetings to rehash your goals or to address any changes to make sure your vendor will be ready during times when your business needs them the most. It’s a good idea to create a communications calendar for your uniform vendor and make sure they understand your yearly expectations. Plan to cover the following concerns as they apply to your business:
Some businesses end up with bulky or plain uniforms when trying to be compliant with NFPA 70E standards. With the right uniform vendor, you can actually customize unique uniforms for your business that keep your workers safe while looking professional. While safety should be your first priority, equipping your workers with professional looking uniforms will not only boost employee morale, but also help build your brand’s image. Here are some tips to follow for making professional quality uniforms while providing the safety your employees need: