Did you know that the average cost per workplace injury claim in aged care facilities is estimated to be around $50,000?
That’s a significant expenditure that can not only heavily impact your company’s pocket, but your reputation as a professional service.
Any company that becomes known for unsafe work practices is likely to lose employees; however the aged care industry faces even harsher penalties when reports of poor Work, Health & Safety conditions arise. After all, this is a service that is committed to looking after elderly loved ones – what does it say about the company when it can’t even provide safe conditions for its own employees?
Unfortunately, while a career in aged care can be a highly gratifying vocation, it is also one of the most high risk industries to work in. Statistics show that residential and aged care facilities pose a high threat of workplace injuries due to the sheer nature of the job. Mishaps such as manual handling of hazardous products, slips, trips and falls, and mishandling of equipment all contribute to the risks aged care workers face on a daily basis.
An unsafe work environment can exacerbate the perils of a job that is already physically-demanding. Aged care workers dedicate their time to ensuring high-quality care and comfort for their residents, commonly putting their patients’ needs before their own. But what use is an aged care worker if he or she suffers from injuries that heavily detriment workplace performance?
It is imperative that aged care facility managers follow the appropriate national (AACQA) guidelines to ensure workplace hazards are reduced as much as possible, saving your employees from physical mishaps and your company from hefty financial and reputational damage. According to the AACQA (The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency), building elements that should be taken into account within this field of work include fire and smoke protection and detection systems, fire exit doors and escape routes, smoke and fire walls, floor levelness, numbers of beds per room, suitable disability access, handles and switches, heating and cooling systems, security, lighting and ventilation.
A simple scan over your premises with an untrained eye is inadequate to ensure your facility is meeting the minimum requirements. That’s why it is highly recommended that you engage a building and maintenance professional to assess your facility’s current condition and identify risks areas that require attention. Drawing on a wealth of expertise, building project companies have the skills to ensure that your aged care facility meets Australia’s aged care accreditation criteria, therefore giving you the assurance that your company is up to professional standards and offers excellent conditions for both its employees and residents.