Why Physical Safety?

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When we refer to workplace physical safety, we are referring to an environment where management takes appropriate action to protect the physical safety of employees.  For LTC, a workplace environment for a staff person also may be a living or learning environment for the women we serve, therefore physical safety includes both.


Why is this Important?

Employees who perceive the workplace as protective of physical safety will feel more secure and engaged at work. Research has shown that when employees have higher levels of confidence in safety protection at work, they experience lower rates of psychological distress and mental health problems. The sense of physical safety protection is enhanced by: adequate training with regard to physical safety, trust that the employer minimizes physical hazards, confidence that the employer responds quickly and effectively to safety incidents, and the opportunity to have meaningful input into workplace policies and practices. By extension, when the women we serve also perceive their living environment as safe they will be more engaged in managing their recovery process.

Maintaining a safe physical living/work environment is one of the most important goals for LTC. A safe living/work space enables the women served, employees, and volunteers to live and work comfortably without concerns for their own safety. A proactive approach addresses potential dangers before they become an issue. Everyone has a role to play in this task. Working collectively increases the chances of a safe, productive living/work environment for everyone.


How Does Protection of Physical Safety Look?

Examples include:

  • Policies in place to protect people’s physical safety.
  • Training in safety-related protocols.
  • Rapid and appropriate response to physical accidents or situations identified as risky.
  • Clearly demonstrated concern for everyone’s physical safety.