In our last blog, we covered some things you, as employer or manager, should be aware of when managing an ageing workforce. Now we will cover 6 more things – we hope it’s helpful!
1. Less tolerance for extreme temperatures ie heat and cold
- maintain an optimum worksite temperature, also ensuring quality airflow and shelter is available;
- ensure protective clothing against both heat and cold is available, as well as adequate water in hot environments.
2. Hearing loss
- Increase signal to noise ratio in tasks that require or provide audible cues.
3. Greater incidence of lower back pain (LBP)
- provide job training in: prevention of LBP (job planning can help), risks on job, basic body mechanics, actions to avoid, non-work injury prevention;
- check out our post on how to stop back and neck pain.
4. Increased risk of falling
- remove slippery walkways;
- illuminate workplace;
- provide accessible handrails.
5. Slower rehabilitation from injury and illness
- allow more gradual return to work;
- allow rotation between light and heavy jobs;
- provide training in return to work matters.
6. Higher work stress
- avoid machine-paced work;
- give the worker control of their tasks;
- emphasise accuracy rather than speed.
Older workers can bring valuable knowledge and experience to a workplace – but sometimes they need a little more consideration when it comes to their comfort and safety in the workplace. If you would like your workplace assessed or help in working with older workers, give us a call on 03 9376 1844 to schedule an obligation-free chat!