Your employees’ safety matters. Not just because you risk legal consequences if a worker is harmed in the course of completing their role, but also because as a business owner you have an ethical responsibility for those under your care. The good news is you can find out some of the best ways to safeguard your employees’ safety at work in the post below.
Implement covid precautions
While we, in the UK at least seem to be getting back to something that resembles normal, the pandemic is still a major concern to many people and their families. This means that employees will expect you to continue following safety advice, and putting procedures in place that deal with infection breakouts.
For some, it may even be better to offer continued home working situations, or at least allow this part of the time. After all, the more comfortable and safe your workers feel, the better they are likely to perform for your business.
Safety equipment and training
From PPE to hardhats and hazmat suits, providing your employees with good quality and well-maintained safety equipment is crucial. However, it’s not only the equipment you offer that matters, but also the training on how to use it you provide.
With that in mind, regular refresher sessions for more experienced members of staff, and full training for new starters is the best policy.
Fire Prevention and Safety
Taking action to prevent a fire is one of the best ways to keep your employees safe while they are at work. One such action is to make sure that you have equipment such as smart sprinklers installed. This is because they will activate as soon as they are triggered and can help to suppress a fire before it gets out of hand.
Additionally, being sure that your premises comply with Fire Compartmentation laws is vital. The reason is that by splitting your building into smaller areas you can limit the spread of the fire and associated smoke if the worst were to happen.
Fire doors are also an essential part of fire prevention, as they are weighed and hinged to shut on their own, thus preventing the free movement and advancement of the flames. Similarly, providing well-signposted fire exit routes, along with a comprehensive fire plan and meeting spots are invaluable when improving safety for your employees.
Encourage a healthy environment
If you have ever worked in a toxic environment, where everyone was accepted to stay well past the end of their workday and skip lunch breaks and holidays, you will already know how much damage this can do to morale.
However, it’s not only an issue that can negatively impact the way your employees feel at work but also the way they act as well. Indeed, stress and overwork can lead directly to accidents in the workplace.
With that in mind, leading by example is vital for a business leader, as is encouraging rather than dissuading your employees to take breaks that are vital for their wellbeing.