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Author: Lourdes Fernández
- Creating a culture of safety in the workplace benefits employees and employers by increasing productivity, decreasing costs and requiring less time off for injured or ill workers. See Why Keeping Employees Healthy Helps Everyone.
- Employees should be taught safety and health basics through wellness and fitness programs at work. See How to Keep Employees Healthy.
- HR should have a program to help manage everyday health concerns in the workplace. See Managing Day to Day Health Concerns.
- Some diseases affect many employees at once. It is important for HR to have procedures and policies in place to stop or minimize the damage caused by these disorders. See Managing Health Concerns That Could Affect Multiple Employees.
- Having an effective employee assistance program (EAP) is a good way to manage mental health concerns. It is also important for HR to be aware of the signs of possible mental health disorders and the appropriate way to handle the employee at risk while protecting other employees. See Managing Mental Health Concerns.
- Having a program in place to manage employee substance abuse problems may help eliminate these concerns from the workplace and may allow workers to feel more comfortable asking for help. See Managing Substance Abuse.
- Having a plan for managing emergency medical situations in the workplace, such as heart attacks and strokes, will better prepare HR to handle these high tension situations when they arise. See Managing Emergency Medical Situations.
- HR needs to have an immediate plan of action if an employee dies while at work. See Managing an At-Work Fatality.
The following states have additional requirements for this topic under applicable state law.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia