A healthy and safe workplace is probably the most important factor contributing to a satisfying work environment. When it comes to hiring a nanny or other domestic worker, such as an elder caregiver, a healthy workplace is of utmost importance.
There are numerous local, state, and federal laws governing a safe and healthy workplace environment, but as a household employer, you can take some additional steps to ensure your workers safety.
Here are a few things you can keep in mind to be better prepared in order to avoid a household employee injury:
Most Common Workplace Injuries
Some people think that workplace safety rules don’t apply to workers who are employed in a home. You have to keep in mind that even though it’s your home, it’s your employee’s workplace. That is the reason why workplace safety measures are just as relevant in your home as in any other location. According to the 2018 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index, here is a list of the most common workplace injuries:
Employees in a household are at risk of over exerting themselves since they have to do a lot of manual labor. Nannies, elder care aides, and senior caregivers, to name a few, are generally required to do a lot of physical activities that need the use of hands and limbs such as lifting and carrying children and seniors. Repetitive, heavy physical activity on such a daily basis can cause arm and hand strain or even back pain. Evaluate the areas of your home where your employee will be working to minimize as much as possible the strain and exertion your employee may encounter on a daily basis.
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