Approximately one third of all workers in California are Hispanic, according to the State’s Department of Labor; therefore in a California work environment, it is important to support a total safety culture. This involves efforts to help all employees clearly understand the company’s safety plan through providing bilingual instructions and information. Your company’s safety policies and procedures may also affect your California workers compensation rates.
There are a number of safety measures companies that employ Hispanic workers may take to make the work environment safer.
•Use pictures as well as words to indicate safety hazards and precautions.
•Train supervisors to speak conversational Spanish focusing on words commonly used in your industry.
•Enroll non-English speaking employees in English classes.
•Hire a translation company to write your safety manual in other languages.
•Employ a company translator who can work with all departments.
•Do not allow employees to start work until they have demonstrated that they understand the safety instructions.
•When new workplace hazards present themselves, provide additional training for your staff.
It is important to take the time to learn about your Hispanic workers and their culture. Make the extra effort to award employees for accident-free projects. These safety measures may even reduce your California workers compensation rates and make your company a better place to work in the process. Speak to us for more information on workers’ compensation and other insurance matters for your CA business.