While workplace safety is important for everyone, it’s often women who find that they’re being put in unsafe circumstances. Especially in recent news, we have now seen that many women in many different industries have been victims of harassment and other situations that could make their workplace an unsafe environment for them. Luckily, there are ways that we can help make the workplace a safer place for women to conduct the business they’ve been hired to do. To show you how, here are three ways we can all help women to stay safe in the workplace.
Have Strict Sexual Harassment Policies
Although it’s not always women who are sexually harassed, women are most often the ones that we hear about having to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace. One way we can help to eliminate this problem, according to UnifyWorld.com, is for all places of business to have strict sexual harassment policies in place. When men and women know that their allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, or sexual assault will be taken seriously and dealt with in the appropriate way, they can feel like they have a safer place to come to work each day.
Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Up About Safety Hazards
Women are often more likely to notice small things around the office that could be considered hazardous to other employees. However, because women often feel that their positions within their organizations are on thin ice, they’re sometimes unlikely to report these potentials hazards. But according to Parinaz Samimi, a contributor to SafeWise.com, if women don’t speak up about these things, they may not get taken care of, which can put everyone at risk. So if you see something, it’s important that you say something so that safety at your workplace can be everyone’s top priority.
Make A Report When Something Happens
In order to not make waves, many women won’t go through the process of filing an official report when something happens at work. While this can include incidents of sexual misconduct, the CDC also shares that women are less likely to report on-the-job injuries as well. However, when injuries aren’t addressed in a timely manner, they can just get worse and worse. So while you might be worried about how your report will reflect on you, it’s important for the safety of yourself and your coworkers that you report anything that deserves reporting as soon as you can.
If you want to work in a safe environment, you have to do your part to ensure that safety is a priority and that measures as being taken to make your workplace safe for all. Consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do this in your place of business.