One goal any organization should have in place is to provide a safe working environment for its employees. However, if your organization employs a person with a disability of any kind, there may be risks or exposures you haven’t considered yet that may cause the working environment to be less safe for them. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires, “accommodations for both current and prospective disabled employees to perform the ‘essential functions’ of a job.” This is important to consider to make the workplace equally safe for these individuals and reduce risk.
The most important step to creating a safer working environment is to conduct an in-depth risk assessment with disabled employees in mind. Points the risk assessment should cover include the individual’s work-related tasks and activities; work equipment they will use, as well as other physical hazards; whether or not further information and/or training on the individual’s needs are necessary; and other general risk assessments.
Once your risk assessment is completed, you’re ready to start making accommodations that will make the disabled individual’s work environment safer. Some of these changes are simple and low cost, while others may be a bit more costly, but necessary. Examples include:
– Keeping pathways free of obstruction for those requiring the use of a wheelchair or assistive devices for walking.
– Installing hand rails in stairways, inside of bathroom stalls and in other locations deemed necessary.
– Widening doorways to accommodate employees in wheelchairs.
– Replacing stairs with ramps.
Everyone deserves a safe work environment, and Lamb Financial Group can help you achieve one. Site safety evaluations are a part of our risk management services. We can arrange for an inspection to ensure a safe place for all of your employees to work in, as well as help you achieve a work site in compliances with OSHA standards. Contact us today at 1-866-481-5262 for more information.