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Organizations are much concerned these days about work place safety, contradicting the classical approach where employees have to work under extreme conditions. However today we see that management does concern about their employees and consider them as their most important asset for the organization.
Many people argue that occupational safety must be done from the administrative side, though number of studies proved that where worker participation is encouraged and welcomed; there is a record reduction in such organizations. 5500 people die every year in occupational accidents (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 2011); these can only be reduced by planning and devising such safety programs in which workers has participated. This is because they know very well the insights and nature of the work they do, so they will suggest the most appropriate improvements (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 2011).
When it comes to formulate the occupational safety policy management should form a two way communication with workers to identify the weak areas and where the safety measures are lacking. (Bell, 2001) Apart from these, organizations should also give some control to workers related to workplace safety, either individually or making a safety team. Which train and guide the employees how to react in any emergency situation and they must inspect the site regularly in order to keep updated (Bell, 2001).
Those organizations which encouraged workers participation found out that the best suggestions are given from the operatives as it is their daily routine to deal with uncertain situations (Bell, 2001). Hence these companies are said to have less workplace accidents, a communication channel between employee and the employer (Bell, 2001). In return these companies received increased worker loyalty, commitment and most of all they feel safe at work.
Bell, J. (2001). Employee Involvement in Health and Safety: Some Examples of Good Practice. HEALTH AND SAFETY LABORATORY, (JS20020252), 3-7, 17.
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work,. (2011). Worker Participation in Occupational Safety and Health (pp. 6-7). Luxembourg: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.