Implementing and enforcing safety procedures at work is a great way to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Obviously, keeping employees safe should be of vital importance to you on a moral level, but safety also lends to good business practices. The lower your business’ risk of accident, the lower your worker’s compensation premium (and other insurance premiums) is likely to be. Try these ten tips for maintaining workplace safety:
- Post maps of fire evacuation routes around the workplace and run through fire drills biannually. To enhance fire safety, place fire extinguishers around the workplace and instruct employees on how to use them.
- Enforce general safety rules such as no running and only allow smoking in designated outdoor areas.
- Coil wires and cords neatly against the walls to avoid trips and slips. Similarly, close drawers when not in use, especially lower drawers.
- Thoroughly train employees who must use non-standard equipment, machinery or materials. This includes the use of protective clothing/equipment and first aid protocols.
- Do not allow open flames. Candle warmers or electric candles can be used instead. All electronic devices and heaters should be turned off before leaving for the night.
- Immediately mark any spills or leaks so people don’t slip in them. Clean the mess as soon as possible.
- Never use chairs in place of ladders. When using a ladder, ensure that it’s securely locked before climbing.
- Encourage employees with desk jobs to stretch and take short walks to reduce harm that may come from prolonged muscle tension.
- Maintain the condition and cleanliness of the workplace, including routine maintenance, necessary repairs and regular janitorial services. Anything from a frayed carpet to a pile of clutter can turn into a hazard.
- Install security features such as cameras and alarms to keep your staff, building and assets safe.
Accidents can still happen even in the safest environments.