Small Business

Are You Taking Employee Safety Seriously

It’s not uncommon for us to roll our eyes when we think about sitting through an employee safety brief at our jobs. But the truth is, without this, the fundamental concepts we need to have perfectly understood can become a little vague and rusty. 

Health and safety, while perhaps not dangerous and exciting, are essential for a business to function well. No business worth its salt has an “acceptable limit” for injuries on its premises or as part of its functioning. We must always aim for zero incidents throughout the life of our firm, no matter how long we operate and no matter how inevitable at least one incident taking place in a statistical sense may seem. For example, if you operate in the oilfields, you don’t want your staff searching for oilfield injury lawyers if you could have prevented an injury.

A firm’s worth is measured by its health and safety. But how does that reflect in its investments and production planning? In this post, we’ll discuss how your firm can recommit to proper health and safety planning, why it matters, and how to achieve the right approach from now on.

Essential Product Safety Testing

Employee safety is more than the internal structure of your business. It’s important to remember that businesses often interact with the broader public through their products, services, and front-facing premises. Products need to meet regulations and must be detached from any unexpected effects. For example, they could have packing causing problems.

If not correctly disposed of, a chemical analysis can check the purity of our product. What truly matters is making sure we meet our public safety responsibilities. Avoid the need for liability costs, regardless of the worthwhile insurance package we have.

Appropriate Signposting

No business premises can be properly assured of health and safety if signposting is lackluster or unavailable. Ensure that off-limits areas warn those not wearing safety equipment or ear defenders. Ensure fire escapes are easy to trace regardless of how new someone is to the building or where they are. Signposting can ensure that the foot traffic in your business is adequately directed. This is essential for obvious reasons.

Premises Security Influences Safety

Some firms require more extensive security than others, but all require at least some provisions to be implemented. Keycard access to certain areas should require security lanyards. For instance, it can prevent trespassers from having freedom in the building should they enter. Sign-in books and CCTV can also provide a worthwhile means to track those who shouldn’t be there. 

A simple parking officer can ensure the general public doesn’t have parking access. For many businesses (especially industrial), security is a worthy investment.

With this advice, we hope you can see how a firm is measured by its health and safety. Spare no expense in getting this right.

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

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