Your employees are the lifeblood of your company. And as their employer, it is your responsibility to pay them for their jobs and keep them safe while working within your establishment. Technically, you won’t be able to have a business at all if you’re not complying with safety regulations anyway.
Since you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume you want to make your commercial establishment as safe as possible. Read on and learn what you can!
Start By Upgrading Your Doors
We’re not saying you need to replace all the doors in the office because they’re all secret death traps. No, we’re saying that we should consider replacing the doors to essential areas within the building, like the doorway to a storage area or where people often come and go during the day. That said, maybe you could consider getting specialised high speed doors.
These doors allow for improved safety because of how they’re built. Even if they can open and close quickly. The lack of these parts means there’s barely any risk of damage or injury. Aside from that, high-speed doors can close or open quickly enough to keep harmful gases in or out.
Conduct Regular Safety Training/Seminars
Keeping your employees informed about safety hazards is as essential as putting tangible precautions in the workplace. Enough training will arm workers with enough information to deal with every eventuality. In the event of gas leaks, equipment accidents, or even explosions, the seminars will ensure people in the workplace know what to do.
It’s also good that these training courses aren’t too expensive, so you don’t need to worry about them hurting your company’s bottom line.
Install Additional Safety Features/Gadgets
Let’s talk about advanced safety features this time. Hardware like high-speed doors, as previously mentioned, come with modern safety features like lights, monitoring systems controlling the door’s opening and closing, and other things that lessen the risk of injury or damage to equipment.
Aside from that, you also can’t go wrong with warning signs, safety lights, kill switches for heavy-duty equipment, and non-slip contact pads, to name a few. There are too many things to list in this article, but as a business owner, you should know what you need to do.
Reward Your Employees For Working Safely
It doesn’t hurt to remind your workers that doing their jobs safely can get them a little extra aside from their paychecks. Establish a system that rewards folks for doing their jobs the safest way possible, like counting how many consecutive days have gone without a workplace incident. Then, reward them for achieving specific safety milestones.
Doing this keeps your employees engaged and motivated to do their jobs even more because they know they will get recognised for doing so.
Establish A Committee And Hold Regular Meetings
To cap off this list, a safety committee is a be-all and end-all of reinforcing your company’s desire to keep the workplace as safe as possible. You can ensure the committee’s effectiveness, and have a select group of employees from different departments and ranks/designations lead it. Make everyone from the rank and file to the executive positions work together to run it.
Of course, you need to make this committee hold regular safety meetings to discuss and enforce rules and precautions. Once a month or every quarter could be a good level of frequency when it comes to conducting these meetings. And ask other employees to provide regular feedback when they can.
Workplace safety is not rocket science. Business owners should be on top of this from the start, as it is their responsibility. Fortunately, following safety regulations is simple enough, and more than enough resources are available to anyone. Your company’s success depends on how well you keep its lifeblood—your employees—safe from harm.