Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Emily Roberts discusses how businesses can overcome the challenges of employee safety.
Employees are a valuable asset to every business, thus caring about their welfare and ensuring the workplace is safe for them is essential. If an accident occurs, not only will you be losing an important asset, but you could also get into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there are laws in place that instruct businesses on the health and safety measures they need to follow. There are also a few additional things you can implement in the workplace to ensure employees stay safe. Here are a few of them:
1. Install Any Necessary Safety Materials
If the work environment is fast paced, safety materials are a must. Products such as safety barriers, handrails, gates and floor markings should be installed to prevent accidents from occurring (and lessening the severity in the event that something does happen). Such products, like a flex impact range, are designed to resist impact and provide clear warnings and separations in crowded environments.
2. Conduct Regular Drills
There’s no use in simply telling employees what they should do in the event of an emergency, you need to show them. This doesn’t have to be done that regularly, as even just once or twice a year will suffice.
What drills you practice primarily depends on what work is being done. Fire drills are worthwhile for every business, as almost every environment is at risk of this and employees need to know where to go in the event that one occurs. If heavy equipment and machinery is involved, it’s important to prepare employees and accurately show them what to do if what they’re using goes wrong.
3. Check Equipment Regularly
We heavily rely on technology and machinery to conduct work and although it’s significantly improved things for businesses, it can still go wrong. If a piece of equipment was to brake/malfunction and an employee used it unknowingly, harm could easily be done. This is why it’s so important to maintain the equipment being used and fix problems before they get worse. Try to perform checks at the end of every week, or perhaps more frequently if the equipment in question is heavily used.
4. Hand Out Safety Equipment to Employees
This differs to the first point of installing safety materials, as it will involve you handing out equipment to employees as opposed to installing it in their surroundings. Again, this depends on the working environment, but you should provide employees with the correct safety items for the tasks they’re performing.
This includes items such as: hard hats, high visibility jackets, earplugs and safety goggles. Handing these out will provide employees with extra protection in case injury arises.
5. Keep Exits Clear
Emergency doors are there for a reason, so don’t block them. Those working in warehouses and large spaces can easily pile boxes up against exits without thinking about what they’re doing. These doors should be kept clear at all times, as everyone’s life will depend on being able to get out of them, if for example a fire started. This goes for all other entryways too. A clear space should always be left around doors, so that the building can be evacuated efficiently. Maintaining an organised and uncluttered workspace will ensure that this safety measure is always followed.
Employee safety should be a top priority for every business owner. It’s your duty to care for those who are working for you and to mitigate any possible dangers. If you haven’t already taken the above safety measures into consideration, now’s the time. Disaster could happen to anyone at any time, so be prepared and stay vigilant.