While most employers are vigilant in ensuring workplace safety, says Helen Darling (left), president of the National Business Group on Health, sometimes it can fall off the radar for employers that don't deal with it on a daily basis.

For industries such as agricultural and trucking, workplace safety may seem second nature, but it isn't always on the forefront for employers that are in an office environment. That's a mistake, though, because hazards still exist. A safety hazard can be as simple as a slippery floor on a snowy or rainy day, and every employer should be aware of how this affects the workplace.

Improving employee health should be considered when evaluating workplace safety because it affects employee productivity, Darling says. No matter what type of work an employee does, if that person is not healthy, it affects the amount of work that can be produced. Healthy employees are more likely to stay healthy on the job, and they typically do not miss as much work. When healthy employees are out, they are also usually return to work much quicker than unhealthy employees.

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