This workplace safety video is used in accordance with the USA Fair Use Doctrine for nonprofit educational purposes – 2021
One unsafe workplace act can cause eventual harm in several ways, such as:
- Accumulative harm: Some unsafe workplace acts may not cause immediate harm but may accumulate over time, resulting in long-term harm to the affected employee. For example, repetitive motions or poor posture at a workstation can cause musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain.
- Delayed harm: Some workplace hazards may not cause immediate harm but can cause delayed harm. For example, exposure to toxic chemicals may not cause immediate harm but may lead to long-term health effects such as cancer or respiratory disease.
- Chain reaction: One unsafe act can trigger a chain reaction of other unsafe acts, leading to eventual harm. For example, if an employee fails to lock out a machine before servicing it, it can result in the machine starting unexpectedly and injuring the employee.
- Undermining safety culture: One unsafe workplace act can undermine the safety culture of the organization, leading to a lack of safety awareness and more unsafe acts. This can result in a culture where unsafe acts are normalized, leading to eventual harm to employees.
- Reputational harm: One unsafe workplace act can also cause reputational harm to the organization, leading to eventual harm to the business. If the incident becomes public, it can impact the organization’s reputation, resulting in a loss of business or a negative perception from customers, investors, and employees.
Overall, it’s important to recognize the potential harm that can result from even a single unsafe workplace act and take steps to prevent it from occurring. This includes implementing safety protocols, providing adequate training and resources, and promoting a safety culture within the organization.