Posted on November 6, 2023
List of occupational risks: enhance employee safety.
Preventing occupational risks is a legal obligation for companies. It is the best way to maintain the health and safety of workers. Moreover, it can boost productivity. To be effective, it's crucial to compile a list of occupational risks beforehand. What is its purpose and what should it include?
The list of occupational risks is one of the elements that should appear in the Single Document of Professional Risk Assessment (DUER). It includes:
Creating a list of occupational risks is essential because it helps to define effective prevention actions. To enhance employees' working conditions and make them aware of hazards, it's recommended to organize a safety risk hunt.
Since the list of occupational risks must appear in the DUER, it has to comply with the same legal requirements as this document. In fact, according to Article R. 4121 - 1 of the Labor Code, every employer is obliged to inventory risks present in the workplace and record them in the DUER. This document should then be made available to employees. Note that raising awareness about risks is also a company's duty. For this purpose, organizing VR training is advised. This helps communicate the main hazards in the company to staff, as well as the preventive measures implemented.
As previously stated, occupational risks are categorized. Some are more prevalent in specific sectors:
Mainly in construction and industrial sectors. They include risks from machine use, operating machinery, mechanical or manual handling, and risks of falls or falling objects.
Present in the medical sector. They relate to handling chemicals and energy sources (compressed air, electricity, and gas).
Higher exposure for office workers. These involve work organization, screen work, solitary work, as well as violence and aggression.
Can be found in all sectors. They relate to noise, explosions, lighting, and thermal environments. For instance, those handling explosive products are at high risk of fire. Likewise, airport workers face constant noise exposure.
Here are some statistics and case examples:
Construction and metallurgy each account for 16-18% of work accidents related to machines. In the automotive industry, machinery causes 23% of accidents resulting in at least 4 days off work. For example, operators can suffer from falls, cuts, or crushing. Note that these figures don't consider work-related diseases (caused by machine emissions like dust or vibrations).
In France, chemical risks cause nearly 1,800 work-related cancers annually. Chemical agents have immediate health impacts, including poisoning, allergies, and burns.
Burnout is increasingly common. It mainly results from work strain. In 2022, Empreinte Humaine reported alarming figures: in France, 34% of employees suffer from severe burnout. 4 out of 10 managers are also affected.
These are most common. According to a survey by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, 67% of working French people are disturbed by noise at work. Metal product manufacturers are most affected.
Every employer must implement training to reduce work accidents and occupational diseases. Immersive training is a great alternative to traditional learning.
Immersive training is an effective tool for improving work safety. It helps workers better understand the risks in their workplace and how to avoid them. Full immersion provides a more entertaining and enriching experience. Various virtual scenarios can be prepared, exposing participants to risks without endangering their lives, prompting them to consider the best preventive measures in real life.
Virtual reality offers numerous advantages for worker training:
The learning context is crucial in safety training. In a 3D interactive environment, participants are more focused and engaged, actively participating in the experience.
Putting workers in real-life situations is a great way to expose them to occupational hazards, allowing them to absorb knowledge more easily. The retention rate is much higher during immersive training, making it more effective than traditional training.
Participants experience real sensations without real consequences, allowing them to learn the correct procedures safely.
We offer HSE virtual reality training to help your employees better grasp occupational risks. Our modules feature innovative exercises and endless learning pathways. The content is customizable based on your business and goals. Additionally, we train your staff on using VR headsets, which are essential for learning.
We design realistic scenarios to train your employees for hazardous situations. They face no health and safety risks during the training, learning confidently. For instance, they might be trained in equipment use. Given the lack of danger, risk-taking is encouraged. By becoming active participants, they'll better retain the shared information, being more efficient daily as they'll know the correct actions when encountering a dangerous work situation.
Choose our immersive training solutions to minimize work accidents and occupational diseases in your company. By allowing your agents and workers to undergo virtual reality training, you can enhance their performance and reduce work stoppages. Our training is part of an effective risk prevention approach. Trust our team to create entertaining content tailored to your needs.