The banking industry is dedicated to the financial assets for others, investing those assets to create more wealth, and the regulation of those activities by government agencies. Day-to-day management of a bank includes customer service, long hours with private clients, high-level accounting tasks, negotiations, and working with large amounts of cash.
Health and Safety in Banks can be fairly easy to manage as it is mostly office-based, However, the health and safety of employers and employees still needs to be a top priority no matter what kind of environment the workplace is. Considerations in closed environments such as a bank, include evacuation procedures, first aid training, regular breaks away from the computer, and clear signage.
Banking employees are at a particular risk of eye strain and headaches from long periods of concentration on detailed tasks, repetitive counting of money, and the accuracy the job demands. It is essential that regular breaks are provided and that staff rotate on a regular basis at teller points.
Although security has become exceptionally difficult to get through, there is always a high risk of theft and the associated violence that comes with a potential heist. Due to large amounts of cash in a bank, this is always a threat. Proper training needs to be provided to all staff for such incidents, as well as debriefing and counselling after the event should it occur.
Common incidents and hazards in banks include:
Back pain and strain caused by poor ergonomics
Slips, trips and falls
Stress induced illnesses such as chronic fatigue, depression and cardiovascular disease
Headaches and eye strain
Post-traumatic stress after an incident
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