More Than Nine in Ten Respondents Say Employee Prioritization of Physical Safety is ‘Very Important,’ Report Shows

More Than Nine in Ten Respondents Say Employee Prioritization of Physical Safety is ‘Very Important,’ Report Shows

The same percentage also said they were interested in using technology to help with safety.

Findings from a report show that a majority of respondents think physical safety needs to be an employer priority.

The Workplace Safety Report from Ansell Inteliforz™ addressed elements of worker health and safety such as physical safety, training and technology.

The results show almost 95 percent of the more than 500 respondents described the employer priority of physical safety as “very important,” according to a news release on the findings. Only six percent said it is “somewhat important,” per the report. More than three in four even said if an employer prioritizes this, they would be “more likely to join or stay with an employer.”

In the report, Head of Commercial Strategy and Business Development for the Americas, Ansell Inteliforz, Beemal Vasani said, “People are choosing where they work based on the culture that they see there. Your safety program is a direct reflection of your organization’s cultural values. As you build a strong safety culture, you’ll have people that want to stay with your company.”

Respondents, which included both workers and decision-makers, shared data on safety training, with 58 percent saying they get 29 minutes or less every week and 18 percent saying they spend no time on it. Two ways to have a safer workplace, according to 48 percent and 51 percent of respondents, respectively, is to have “regular safety training” and training on “proper form,” per the report.

The findings also show that some workers may even be interested in using technology at work. Of the respondents who work in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, 90 percent expressed “interested in wearing connected technology that identifies unsafe physical movements and makes customized recommendations to reduce workplace risks,” per the news release.

"Based on the survey findings, workers want and need to have a technology-supported safety culture that ensures every employee is fully trained and protected at all times. With current advanced technologies available…companies empower their workers to take an active role in their own safety, which decreases response times and helps to reduce injury rates while building trust with their workforce,” said Sean Sweeney, Vice President & General Manager of Ansell Inteliforz™ & Mechanical Safety Solutions in the news release.

About the Author

Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

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