Risk Insight- Eliminate Electronic Distraction
The latest in our series from Willis Insurance on Risk, this piece look at how elimanating electronic distraction is so important.
Eliminating electronic distractions in the workplace
It is a generally accepted fact that the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving presents a distraction that greatly increases the chance for an accident. However, too many people fail to take into consideration how distracting these devices can be in other situations.
In an industry of moving machinery and equipment, manufacturing workers are especially susceptible to workplace injury. They need to be alert at all times, as even the smallest slip-up can cause an accident. In this type of work environment, it is easy to see the importance of minimising the potential distractions faced by your employees.
Whether it’s talking or texting, mobile phone usage takes focus away from the task at hand. While handheld use compounds the problem, even using a hands-free device does not allow for full concentration.
Listening to music via mobile phones or on MP3 players can also pose a distraction, and restrict employees from hearing shouts from co-workers, an odd sound from a malfunctioning machine or the backup alarm on a vehicle or forklift.
Attentive, focused employees are essential to creating a safe work environment, which is why it is important to eliminate possible distractions. Prohibiting employee use of personal electronic devices can aid in reducing workplace accidents.
To clearly state your company’s rules on when and where usage is restricted, institute an electronics usage policy. Once instituted, train your employees in the policy requirements and make sure restrictions are diligently enforced.
For more information, contact David Sinnamon, Risk Manager at Willis Insurance and Risk Management on 028 9032 9042 or visit www.willisinsurance.co.uk.